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Detroit -- Baseball's most common, extended-time pitching affliction has claimed Detroit Tigers starter Artie Lewicki.

He will have Tommy John surgery to repair ligament damage in his right (throwing) elbow, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire announced Thursday. Lewicki will miss all of the 2019 season.

"It's a big decision for him, but the right one," Gardenhire said as the Tigers got ready for a four-game series against the White Sox, with Thursday's game set for 1:10 p.m. at Comerica Park.

Lewicki, 26, has been on the disabled list since Aug. 14 with what was originally diagnosed as elbow inflammation.

But after further tests, which Gardenhire said determined "looseness" with the ligament, Lewicki opted for his second Tommy John procedure.

He originally had surgery while he was a student and starter at the University of Virginia, which shelved him for nearly all of the 2013 season.

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Lewicki was an eighth-round pick by the Tigers in 2014.

He had pitched in 13 big-league games in 2018, three of them starts, and had a 4.89 ERA. With trades and disabled-list layoffs paring the Tigers rotation, Lewicki had become a handy option for Gardenhire.

Lewicki broke in with the Tigers with a four-game stint in 2017 but has spent most of his five years in professional ball moving through the Tigers farm chain.

lynn.henning@detroitnews.com

Twitter @Lynn_Henning

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