CLEVELAND -- Hector Rondon, one of the top pitching prospects in the Indians' farm system, had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery performed on his right elbow Wednesday. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Birmingham, Ala. Rondon, 22, entered the year as a potential rotation option for the Indians in 2010, but he injured the elbow early in the season and has been out since mid-May. He was attempting to rehab the injury at the Indians' facility in Goodyear, Ariz., but can now be counted out as an option for 2011, as well. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Rondon was 1-3 with an 8.53 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Columbus this season. The Venezuela native is 33-33 with a 4.20 ERA in 99 career Minor League appearances.
Rondon was a member of the World Team roster at the 2008 Futures Game and finished first in the Indians' organization with 137 strikeouts last year. He had a mid-90s fastball with movement and control, but the Indians hoped he would finish off his secondary pitches this year. Instead, Rondon has lost not one but two developmental years to the elbow issue.