CLEVELAND -- Hector Ambriz survived as a Rule 5 pickup by the Indians, but the elbow injury he suffered in the process has led to surgery.
After consulting with Dr. Lewis Yocum, Ambriz will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Friday in Anaheim, Calif. So with his rookie season in the books, Ambriz can essentially be counted out for 2011.
Ambriz told the Indians his elbow had been bothering him for several weeks, though he didn't reveal the injury until after a Sept. 8 outing in Anaheim.
Selected with the fifth pick of the Rule 5 Draft last December, Ambriz began the 2010 season on the disabled list with right elbow inflammation. After a rehab stint with Triple-A Columbus, he was promoted to the Major Leagues for the first time in his career in late April.
Still, Ambriz wasn't quite right.
"He told us that he never really felt great the whole year," Indians manager Manny Acta said.
Because he spent the length of the season on the Tribe's active roster or disabled list, Ambriz did not have to be offered back to the D-backs, who drafted him in 2006. Ambriz will now have three Minor League option years.
In 34 appearances with the Indians this season, Ambriz went 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA, allowing 68 hits, 10 homers and 17 walks while collecting 37 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings.
Indians catcher Carlos Santana, recovering from Aug. 6 left knee surgery, will remain in Cleveland one more month before moving his rehabilitation to Arizona for the winter. The 24-year-old backstop plans to start running in November. "I feel great," said Santana, who batted .260 with 13 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBIs in 46 games this season. "Everything's going great with my knee. I feel strong." ... Cleveland outfielder Trevor Crowe's 0-for-4 showing in the opener of Wednesday's doubleheader snapped a career-high 13-game hitting streak. ... Shortstop Drew Sutton was replaced defensively in the eighth inning of Wednesday's second game due to right knee tightness. He's considered day-to-day. ... Outfielder Shelley Duncan notched his first career stolen base during the eighth inning of Wednesday's nightcap. ... The Tribe entered Wednesday's action hitting .319 with 25 runs, 14 doubles and six homers over the course of its four-game winning streak. ... Wednesday marked the seventh traditional doubleheader in Progressive Field history, and the second in as many seasons. ... For more on the Indians, visit CastroTurf at http://castrovince.mlblogs.com.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, CastroTurf. Follow @castrovince on Twitter. John Barone is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.