Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who appeared in five games with the Orioles at the end of this season, will have Tommy John surgery on his left elbow next week and will miss all of 2013.
The 36-year-old said in an email Tuesday that this does not mean his career is over.
“I won't be able to pitch until 2014, and yes, I will pitch in 2014,” Wolf wrote.
Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Los Angeles Angels team doctor who performed the same procedure on Wolf in 2005, will operate on him Oct. 30 in Los Angeles, Wolf said.
A 14-year veteran and former All-Star, Wolf was released by the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 22 and signed with the Orioles as a free agent Aug. 31, allowing him to be eligible for the club’s postseason roster.
In five games (two starts) with the Orioles, he was 2-0 with a 5.28 ERA. He allowed three earned runs in five innings at Boston on Sept. 22, but felt some discomfort on a pitch in that game. The ligament tear was diagnosed shortly thereafter.
Wolf will be a free agent after the World Series, and he wasn’t expected back with the Orioles. Now, he’ll concentrate his efforts to return to the big leagues in 2014.
In 14 seasons, Wolf is 132-117 with a 4.20 ERA in 376 games. He made one all-star game, with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2003.