Prospect Kelly to have Tommy John surgery

Surgeon Andrews to perform Padres right-hander's operation on April 2

Prospect Kelly to have Tommy John surgery

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Injured Padres right-hander Casey Kelly will meet with noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on April 1 and will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow the following day.

"He'll look at the film, with surgery the next day, if everything matches up," Kelly said on Friday.

On March 12, Kelly had extensive tests performed on his elbow that determined he had "micro tears" in his ulnar collateral ligament. Kelly then consulted his family before determining that having surgery on the elbow was his best course of action.

"It's the next step in moving forward to the recovery process," said Kelly, who entered the season ranked as the Padres' No. 4 prospect, according to

Kelly, who last pitched on March 7, felt discomfort in the elbow the following day. He had a 7.71 ERA in three games and 5 1/3 innings this spring.

Kelly made his Major League debut last season for the Padres, going 2-3 with a 6.21 ERA in six starts. He came into camp last month as one of several candidates trying to win a rotation spot.

Kelly began last season with Triple-A Tucson, then missed three months with a right elbow strain. He eventually got healthy and reached the Major Leagues in August.

Now, he's looking ahead.

"In 2014, we'll put all this behind us and come back and be healthy again," Kelly said.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.