Oakland left-hander Doubront to have Tommy John surgery

This is a 2016 photo of Felix Doubront of the Oakland Athletics baseball team. Doubront will undergo season-ending elbow surgery, a blow to the Athletics already thin rotation. Doubront was examined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati on Monday, April 11, 2016. Surgery was scheduled for Beacon Orthopedics in Cincinnati on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland left-hander Felix Doubront will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn elbow ligament, a blow to the Athletics' already thin rotation.

Doubront was examined by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati on Monday. Surgery to reconstruct his ulnar collateral ligament was scheduled for Beacon Orthopedics in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Projected to be Oakland's fifth starter, the 28-year-old was injured during his final spring training appearance on April 2, when he left after one inning complaining of elbow soreness.

Doubront went 3-3 with a 5.50 ERA in 16 games with Oakland and Toronto last year.

A's manager Bob Melvin said that Eric Surkamp will remain Oakland's No. 5 starter for now.