SAN DIEGO (AP) -Padres closer Trevor Hoffman had arthroscopic surgery to remove a few small bone chips from his right elbow. He's expected to be ready by spring training.
Hoffman, who had the operation on Thursday, is the career saves leader with 524. However, he blew two saves in his final two appearances, costing the Padres the wild card.
Hoffman was one strike from closing out a win at Milwaukee on Sept. 29 before allowing a tying RBI triple to Tony Gwynn Jr.. The Brewers went on to win 4-3 in 11 innings.
The Padres were blown out by the Brewers the following day, forcing them to play a wild-card tiebreaker at Colorado the next night. After Scott Hairston's two-run homer put the Padres ahead 8-6 in the top of the 13th, Colorado came back with three runs against Hoffman in the bottom of the inning. It was Hoffman's seventh blown save in 49 tries this year.
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