(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo will undergo Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow to fix a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The 37-year-old Arroyo had to be placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career in June. The decision was made because pain in his right elbow was causing him to lose velocity on his pitches.
Arroyo, who signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with Arizona in February, told the team's website that he hopes to return to the mound next June. "If this was the last year that I was going to play, I would just go gut it out and pitch and it would hurt and I'd try to find a way to win at 82 miles per hour, but I don't think it is," Arroyo said. "I think my body's a lot younger than my age is. I think I'm probably closer to 32-33 as far as the way I feel in comparison to most guys my age. So I don't think it's going to be a problem coming back."
Arroyo has pitched in 15 big-league seasons. During that time he has compiled a 145-131 record, 4.19 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
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