Brad Lincoln, the Pirates' top draft pick in 2006, has undergone elbow ligament surgery and will miss all of 2007. The operation, commonly referred to as "Tommy John" surgery, will require a recovery period of 10-12 months. The Pirates hope to have Lincoln back by the beginning of 2008.
This news could be described as being somewhere between utterly amazing and totally expected. In the past ten years, the team has drafted seven pitchers in the first round. Lincoln is now the sixth to have major arm surgery before reaching the Major Leagues. Paul Maholm is the only one to avoid this curse.