REV left-hander David Barela pitching against Los Osos in the playoffs last year.
Redlands East Valley senior left-hander David Barela, a second-team all-Sun selection last season and who has signed a National Letter of Intent with New Mexico State, will undergo Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery on Friday, coach James Cordes said.
Barela went 8-1 with a 0.78 ERA last year and entered the season with 14 career wins, just seven away from the school career record. He threw for REV “only about 14 innings” in the fall because REV was looking at other pitchers.
When they returned from winter break in January, Barela’s arm didn’t feel right. It took a while for him to get insurance approval for an MRI, and in the meantime Barela didn’t pitch at all. They got the results of the MRI back a couple of weeks ago and Cordes said the results indicated that surgery and not rehab, was necessary.
Cordes said that New Mexico State still wants Barela and will likely redshirt him next year.
“It certainly bumps everyone up on the pitching chain. That’s why you work hard to develop eight or nine pitchers. On a personal note, it’s devastating for David,” Cordes said.