Following surgery, Ruxer taken by Angels in 12th round

Following surgery, Ruxer taken by Angels in 12th round

ANAHEIM -- The Angels will hope at least one more Tommy John surgery works out.

Jared Ruxer, a right-handed pitcher out of the University of Louisville, had the procedure Thursday, just two days before the Angels selected him with the No. 359 pick in the 12th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Ruxer had been the Cardinals' No. 2 starter this season, going 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA in 75 1/3 innings. Opponents hit .229 against him, and he struck out 8.12 per nine innings.

After the surgery Thursday, Ruxer tweeted: "Surgery went great! No one better than Dr Andrews. Thank you to all those who have reached out to me."

Ruxer, listed at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, left his start against Temple on May 10 after three innings and has not pitched since. In his career at Louisville, Ruxer is 15-5 with a 3.39 ERA after appearing in 48 games and starting 34.

Typical recovery time following Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months, meaning Ruxer will potentially miss all of next season.

Ruxer was a second-team All-American Athletic Conference selection whose fastball can touch 94 mph to go along with his breaking ball and changeup. He was picked in the 29th round by Cleveland out of high school.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.