Bielecki to have elbow surgery

July 30, 1992

Pitcher Mike Bielecki of the Atlanta Braves will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in his pitching elbow.

"I expect to have surgery later this week," Bielecki said Wednesday. "I was told I can come back stronger than ever."

Bielecki (2-4), who graduated from Dundalk High School, will become the first Braves pitcher to miss a start in the last two seasons. Pete Smith will take his spot in the rotation at San Francisco this weekend.

Bielecki tore the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow in the third inning of Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros.

Dr. Joe Chandler said a date for surgery wasn't immediately set.

Bielecki had a 2.57 ERA in 19 games, including one shutout.

"To see a pitcher go down with an injury is the most disappointing thing in baseball," Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said. "There's some added pressure on the staff, but ZTC we're going to be OK."

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