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Braves DeVall Shut Down, Will Visit Dr. James Andrews

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Former first rounder Brett DeVall will have to fight through another injury.
Former first rounder Brett DeVall will have to fight through another injury.

Atlanta Braves left handed pitching prospect Brett DeVall will be shut down for the remainder of the season and will head to Birmingham, AL to have his pitching elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews, the preeminent sports surgeon in the country. The 20 year old DeVall was the Braves' first selection in the 2008 draft (40th overall) and had been playing for the Rome Braves, where he had a 7-9 record, 4.39 ERA, and 1.52 WHIP in 106.2 innings.

After just 10 starts with Rome last season, where he went 4-4 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 53.2 innings, DeVall was shut down with soreness in the same elbow. It was feared the he would require Tommy John surgery, but he ended up having minor arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips in the elbow. The recovery process caused a delay that prevented him from joining Rome until early May this season, but he had pitched well despite not being at full strength.

It's unclear yet if DeVall's latest injury will require Tommy John surgery or if it can be repaired again with minor surgery. Either way this is a another unfortunate blow to a promising career that has been filled with setbacks. Since being drafted, Devall has appeared in just 33 games, pitching a total of 170 innings, with a 11-13 record, 3.92 ERA, and 1.37 WHIP.