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Yimi Garcia likely out for 2017 after Tommy John surgery

RHP last pitched in the majors on April 22

Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers relief pitcher Yimi Garcia had Tommy John surgery on Oct. 25 in Arizona, the club announced on Thursday.

Given that the normal time frame for recovery from Tommy John surgery is 12 months at the earliest, up to as much as 18 months, Garcia is likely out for all of 2017 as well.

The surgery is the latest blow in what was a brutal year for Garcia, who was limited to just nine games pitched for the Dodgers in 2016, and last pitched in the majors on Apil 22. Garcia missed three months with right biceps soreness, then was shut down after just six minor league rehab games in July.

He did not pitch again the rest of the year.

Garcia then had left knee surgery in September as well.

The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.24 ERA in limited duty this season, and in parts of three years with the Dodgers has a 3.12 ERA and 3.31 FIP in 76 games, with 81 strikeouts and 12 walks in 75 innings.