Slocum headed for elbow surgery

Slocum headed for elbow surgery

CLEVELAND -- Brian Slocum was a September callup for the Indians, but since joining the Tribe he hasn't made -- and won't be making -- an appearance with the club the rest of the season.

Slocum is scheduled to undergo minor right elbow surgery Thursday at the Cleveland Clinic. The surgery is called a debridement of the flexor tendon. In layman's terms, the 27-year-old Slocum will have a small incision made to remove some tissue that has been causing him pain the past few years.

This was Slocum's final Minor League option year, and his future with the organization is in question. He was converted from starting to relief work this year at Triple-A Buffalo. In all, he was 3-7 with a 4.85 ERA in 30 appearances, including 11 starts.

Slocum made two appearances with the big league club this year, giving up six runs in two innings of relief work. He made two spot starts for the Tribe at the end of the '06 season.

The surgery shouldn't prevent Slocum from going through his normal offseason throwing routine, and he should report to Spring Training camp in full health, according to media relations director Bart Swain.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.