A's RHP Fernando Rodriguez has successful surgery
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Oakland Athletics' relief pitcher Fernando Rodriguez underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The procedure commonly known as "Tommy John" was performed by Dr. Thomas Mehlhoff at the Texas Orthopedic Hospital in Houston, Texas.

"Everything went really well," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "After Tommy John, now with the technology in the last several years, a lot of guys come back throwing harder."

Rodriguez, 28, injured his right elbow March 11 in a Cactus League game against the San Diego Padres. In the sixth inning of that game, he looked to be in discomfort after walking a batter. He tried to throw one more pitch and then favored his right elbow as he summoned the medical staff.

The A's acquired Rodriguez from Houston in the same trade that netted them infielder Jed Lowrie. He appeared in four spring games and had a 10.12 ERA in two and two-thirds innings.

Rodriguez will be joining the team on Saturday to begin the rehab process, which usually takes 12-18 months.