Storen undergoes Tommy John surgery

Right-hander not expected to pitch next season

Storen undergoes Tommy John surgery

MILWAUKEE -- Reds reliever Drew Storen had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday in Cincinnati, and the soon-to-be free agent is unlikely to pitch in the Majors again until 2019.

Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the procedure on Storen to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

"We got a very brief summation from Dr. Kremchek and he was very positive," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "Even on the short end of this this, it used to be a 9-12 month recovery. I think the industry has tried to increase the length of time between surgery and re-entry to at least big league competition, I imagine, due to success rates."

Storen, 30, was signed to a one-year, $3 million contract as a free agent in January. In 58 games for Cincinnati, he was 4-2 with a 4.45 ERA and one save. He had the fourth-most appearances for the bullpen this season.

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.