Milton Undergoes Season-Ending Surgery

Eric Milton

Left-hander Eric Milton, currently on the 15-day disabled list, underwent surgery to remove a herniated disk and will probably miss the rest of the season. The veteran was 2-1 over five starts.

Milton has been on the disabled list twice this year with back problems and suffered his most recent injury last week in New York. The microdiskectomy was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins and Milton is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow.

The 33-year-old left-hander had been one of the pleasant surprises for the Dodgers, filling in as a fifth starter after missing the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction. He made five starts, allowing 30 hits in 23.2 innings. He was 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA, walking six and striking out 20.

Signed as a free agent in the spring, Milton was the Yankees #1 pick in 1996 (20th overall) and signed in September, missing the entire season.

In 1998 he was traded to Minnesota and in his Major League debut on April 5, he held Kansas City scoreless for six innings, allowing six hits and striking out a pair.

On September 11, 1999, he pitched a 7-0 no-hitter against the Angels, the fifth no-hitter in Minnesota history and the last to date. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 2001.

In 2003 was traded to the Phillies and led them in wins (14). Granted free agency at the end of the 2004 season, he signed signed a three-year, $25.5 million with the Reds before the 2005 season but went 16-27 from 2005-07.

Again granted free agency in 2007 he signed as a free agent wit the Yankees but did not see any Major League action.

Milton had missed the 1 1/2 seasons recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction. The 33-year-old has an 87-84 career record.

The 33-year-old was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts for the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, then went on the disabled list and underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery.

He spent 2008 year rehabilitating in the New York Yankees' minor league system, and was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six late-season starts with Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

The Dodgers are hoping to bolster their starting rotation before the Trade Deadline at the end of the month and knowing Milton is unavailable only reinforces that desire for management.

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