Tigers left-handed pitching prospect Joey Wentz has elbow surgery

DETROIT -- Left-hander Joey Wentz, a prospect in the Detroit Tigers organization, had surgery to reconstruct the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek operated on Wentz on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Florida. Detroit said Wednesday that Wentz is expected to return in 14-16 months.

Wentz, 22, was a non-roster invitee at big league spring training this year. He is the No. 8 prospect in the Detroit organization, according to rankings on MLB.com.

Detroit acquired him last July 31 in the deal that sent reliever Shane Greene to Atlanta. Wentz was 7-8 with a 4.20 ERA in 25 starts at Double-A last year.