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Tigers catcher looking at 2nd Tommy John surgery

Detroit Tigers' catcher Vance Wilson may be facing his second Tommy John surgery in a year.

Vance Wilson, already out a year, could be facing another 12 months of rehab

Detroit Tigers' catcher Vance Wilson may be facing his second Tommy John surgery in a year.

The backup to Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez was continuing to rehabilitate his surgically repaired right elbow following last June's procedure when he tore the new ligament, the American League club said on Thursday.

Tommy John surgery, so-called because the former pitcher was the first to undergo it, involves grafting an ulnar collateral ligament, taken from elsewhere in the body, onto the damaged area.

Wilson tore that new ligament this week.

An eight-year veteran who played his first six seasons with the New York Mets, Wilson would be looking at another 12 months on the sidelines if he goes ahead with the surgery.

Team officials say he's considering his options.

With files from the Associated Press