The Oakland Athletics have announced that right-handed pitcher Daniel Gossett has undergone successful ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John) surgery today.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas. Gossett will return to Oakland on Friday evening and resume his rehab on Saturday, beginning the long, yearlong road to returning to a big league mound.
Gossett is the fourth Oakland pitcher to undergo the surgery this year, following top prospect A.J. Puk, Jharel Cotton and Opening Day starter Kendall Graveman.
“We’ve been hit hard with that this year, starting in spring training with Puk and Cotton,” manager Bob Melvin said on Tuesday. “Obviously, it’s unfortunate, and these are injuries that keep you out for a while. You always talk about depth in the rotation, trying to create as much depth as you can, and to have this many guys go down and be out as long as they are certainly hurts us. It gives somebody else an opportunity, but unfortunately, I know he’s a hard-working kid and he’s come a long way. We saw some really good games from him this year, and I believe he’ll rehab this thing and be back, strong as ever, but unfortunately, it’s going to take a while.”
The 25-year old Gossett was 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA in 24 1/3 innings, with 12 strikeouts in five starts with Oakland this season in two stints with the team. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain on June 5, and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 21.
In seven minor league games, including five starts with Triple-A Nashville, he was 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA (7 er, 38.2) with 42 strikeouts this season.