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Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Ross Stripling's season shut down by surgery

By Mark Saxon

Dodgers pitching prospect Ross Stripling was scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday and will miss the 2014 season.

Stripling, the team’s No. 8 prospect according to ESPN’s Keith Law, tore a ligament in his elbow while pitching live batting practice, but kept it to himself and wound up pitching an inning of a spring game before he told trainers. An MRI revealed the extent of the damage to Stripling’s ligament.

Stripling announced the surgery on Twitter and Dodgers manager Don Mattingly later confirmed it to reporters in Arizona.

Team orthopedist Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation, which typically has a rehab time of 12 to 18 months.

The Dodgers picked Stripling in the fifth round of the 2012 draft out of Texas A&M, where he was roommates with St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha. Stripling finished 2013 at Double-A Chattanooga, where he was 8-4 with a 2.82 ERA.