North Carolina: Promising Detroit Tigers pitcher Al Alburquerque has undergone elbow surgery that will sideline him until at least mid-season next year, the American League team said on Friday.

Alburquerque, 25, had a stress fracture repaired in his throwing elbow and will not throw for 12 weeks, the Tigers said in a statement.

The right-handed reliever should be able to begin a throwing progression program during the latter part of spring training but is unlikely to pitch in a game until near the All-Star break.

"We are happy that they found the problem and that it will be fixed, and it is anticipated he will return to 100 percent," Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski said in an email to Major League Baseball's website (

After a promising start to the 2011 season, in which he finished 6-1, the rookie from the Dominican Republic was sidelined for much of August after being hit in the head by a line drive prior to an August 12 game against the Orioles and suffering a concussion.

He also spent time on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Alburquerque returned to appear in four postseason games for the Tigers, allowing three earned runs in two innings of work.

He finished with a 1.87 earned run average while pitching in 41 games.