Royals minor league pitcher John Lamb to undergo “Tommy John” surgery
The Royals announced today that left-handed pitching prospect John Lamb will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction or “Tommy John” surgery on his left elbow. The surgery is scheduled for Friday, June 3 in Los Angeles, Calif., and will be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum.
Lamb, 20, made eight starts for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2011, going 1-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 35.0 innings. The 6-foot-4, 198-pounder was in Major League Spring Training with the Royals, tossing 1.0 shutout inning and striking out three in one relief appearance. The 2010 Paul Splittorff Award winner as the organization’s top pitcher was ranked by Baseball America as the 18th-best prospect in baseball entering the 2011 campaign.
Lamb was selected by the Royals in the fifth round of the 2008 June Free Agent Draft out of Laguna Hills (Calif.) High.