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Nick Kingham Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

INDIANAPOLIS – It was announced on Thursday that Indianapolis Indians starting pitcher and Pittsburgh Pirates‘ sixth-ranked prospect Nick Kingham had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

The procedure is expected to keep Kingham out of action for 12-18 months, which means he will miss the rest of the 2015 season and a significant chunk of the 2016 season.

Kingham made six starts for the Indians this year, posting a 1-2 record and 4.31 ERA in 31 1/3 innings pitched. He first experienced discomfort in his right elbow in a start on May 6 and has not pitched since.

Pittsburgh has their fair share of experience dealing with Tommy John surgery lately, with promising pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Brandon Cumpton both recovering from the operation today.

Taillon is currently working towards his return in extended spring training after having the surgery in April of 2014, while Cumpton is out for the season after having his surgery done in March of 2015.

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