Relief pitcher Todd Coffey had one of the best years of his career with the Washington Nationals in 2011, but since things haven't been the same. He joined the Dodgers in 2012, posted a 4.66 ERA through half of a season, and missed all of 2013 after having Tommy John surgery.
Now Coffey, 33, is hoping to return and will hold a bullpen session for MLB teams in January.
RHP Todd Coffey has tentative showcase scheduled for 1/17 as he comes off Tommy John surgery.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 20, 2013
Coffey had the surgery in July of 2012 so it's been well over a year since he went under the knife. The general timeline for recovery is 12-18 months and January will be a full year and a half.
Coffey has age working against him, but we've seen veterans over 30 come back from Tommy John surgery in recent years. Brian Wilson pitched well for the Dodgers last season after his second operation, and Adam Wainwright returned in 2012 at 30 years old and has been as effective as ever in the years since.
There's no word on which teams will be interested in seeing Coffey pitch. It is also not know whether he will sprint to the mound before he throws.