Cotts has Tommy John surgery

Left-handed pitcher Neal Cotts underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday in Cincinnati. Cotts began the season with the Cubs, and compiled a 7.36 ERA in 19 games. He was demoted to Triple-A Iowa, where he was 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 games. In his last outing June 24, Cotts gave up three runs on three hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning. Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the operation in Cincinnati.

– Carrie Muskat

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Let’s hope his rehab takes the rest of his life.

Lou Piniella was more sympathetic. “It’s a shame,” Piniella said after Thursday’s game. “He went down there to improve his slider, and he hurt himself. I feel bad for the young man. You don’t like to see any pitcher get hurt, especially your own.”

Cubz; that is rather cruel. Let’s face it; he was trying to improve himself, and got hurt. Maybe a year or two from now he will be a very effective left-handed relief pitcher for the Cubs, or some other team. But just because he failed this year at the big-league level is no reason to wish him harm for the rest of his life.

This is sad to hear. Cotts was one of the elite assets of the 05 White Sox Championship season. We could have used him if he was 100 percent. I wish him well with his recovery and remember that he went down as a Cub. For that, let Cub Nation rally whatever support we have left. I tip my hat to you.

Maybe this surgery will correct whatever his problem is. I know he stunk up Wrigley this year, but I have seen him pitch effectively in the past. Get well Neil, and I hope your recovery is speedy.

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