Capuano undergoes major surgery

Capuano undergoes elbow surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano underwent an elbow reconstruction on Thursday, the second so-called Tommy John surgery of his career.

Capuano first injured his elbow in Spring Training, and a Brewers physician recommended surgery. But after a visit with Dr. James Andrews, Capuano opted for a conservative approach and tried rehabbing the joint without surgery.

Andrews also performed Capuano's first surgery in May 2002. Capuano was healthy by the start of the following season and made his Major League debut one year to the date of the procedure.

Thursday's procedure formally ended Capuano's season.

"The barometer is one year the first time, but we don't know what it is for the second," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

Capuano has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining before he is a free agent, but the injury could end his Brewers career. He was 40-44 with a 4.38 ERA in 115 games, 11 of them starts, from 2004-2007 and made the 2006 National League All-Star team.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.