White needs Tommy John; Gonzalez DFA

White needs Tommy John; Gonzalez DFA
April 5, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Porter on White: 'It's definitely unfortunate'

Alex White needs Tommy John Surgery.

The Astros' reliever was placed on the 60-day DL recently with an elbow strain. The team mentioned that surgery was a possibility. White, 24, left last Friday's game against the Cubs because of his elbow.

He will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John) next week.

"We were hoping that he would be able to avoid surgery and it would be a rehab situation,” Astros manager Bo Porter said. “But at this juncture (surgery) probably is the best thing. We hope that he’ll have a full recovery and he’ll be back next year ready to go.”

White was set to be a long reliever for the Astros out of the bullpen and was a finalist for the last job in the rotation.

White was acquired by Houston in the Wilton Lopez deal with Colorado. In six games this spring, White had a 7.84 ERA and was 1-1.

On Friday, the Astros also designated pitcher Edgar Gonzalez for assignment. The spot needed to be cleared for newcomer Travis Blackley, who the Astros picked up in a trade with the Athletics.

Blackely will wear No. 54 with the Astros. He was 6-4 with a 4.10 ERA in 28 games, including 15 starts, with San Francisco and Oakland in 2012.