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Elbow surgery for Moehler

HOUSTON, May 29 (UPI) -- Veteran righthander Brian Moehler of the Houston Astros is scheduled for elbow surgery Thursday.

He already has been listed as out for the season because of a partial MCL tear in his right elbow.

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He had been placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 17 with what was described as tendonitis.

An MRI revealed the tear and led to the decision for have the "Tommy John" surgery.

"Tommy John surgery would not only finish his season this year, but next year as well," Houston General Manager Gerry Hunsicker said last week. "That's a long haul."

Moehler had no decisions this season, and had a 7.90 ERA in three starts for the Astros. He left a recent rehab start for Triple-A New Orleans of the Pacific Coast League after just two innings.

Moehler, 31, has a career record of 50-56. In his eight-year career with Detroit, Cincinnati, and the Astros, he has pitched 866 innings, has an ERA of 4.57, and 469 strikeouts.

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