Not sure if I'm doing this correctly, but I thought some of you would want to know this. This is Andy Baggarly's report, dated today, in Baseball America. It appears to be subscriber only; he says that Valdez had problems with his already surgically repaired right (throwing) elbow and came back to the US for a medical opinion, and the opinion is that Merkin needs more surgery.
I'm really disappointed for him, and for our bullpen next year.
Mods, please delete if there's already a raging discussion about this somewhere else - I looked but didn't find one.