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Saladino's season over following Tommy John surgery

CHICAGO -- Minor League infielder Tyler Saladino had season-ending Tommy John Surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.

"With a position player, it's a little different from a pitcher in terms of the recovery," said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. "Hopefully, by Opening Day, he's without restriction, but I don't have the exact timing on that. But he's done for the year."

Saladino, 25, had put himself into the big league mix by hitting .310 with nine homers and 43 RBIs for Triple-A Charlotte.

"Absolutely. He's an interesting offensive player," said Hahn of the right-handed-hitting infielder. "He's got a little bit of pop, little bit of speed and he gets on base. But he's shown this year at Charlotte some pretty good defensive versatility, too, playing all throughout the infield and evening taking reps in the corner outfield.

"He's a valuable guy, and it's unfortunate that he had that injury. He was certainly working himself into that mix to get up here to Chicago at some point. He'll get the repair done and be back at it next year."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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