Kinney To Have Surgery

St. Louis Cardinals righty reliever Josh Kinney will likely miss the entire 2007 season after having ligament-replacement surgery on his pitching elbow.

As a top candidate for setup relief the season, Kinney first tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching forearm one year ago. The tear has grown increasingly worse, so doctors will surgically replace it with a tendon from his left wrist; the recovery taking about 10 months off of his career.

After pitching three innings Monday, Kinney said he could not flex his arm fully. He had an MRI scan Tuesday, and team doctors diagnosed the injury Thursday.

Last season, Kinney pitched 25 innings in 21 games with a 3.24 ERA.