Coffey sat out most of April of 2012 with right knee inflammation. He made most of his starts in May and June and one in July before his surgery. He ended that season 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA. He has a career record of 25-18, 4.10 ERA, 11 saves, and 1.416 WHIP in 461 games, all in relief, over eight seasons. He has pitched for Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Washington, and Los Angeles.
The 2012 Tommy John surgery was the second that Coffey has had. He underwent the same process in 1999 and missed all of 2000 while in the Minor Leagues.
Coffey will showcase himself in Arizona beginning on January 17. Cotillo reports that between 11 and 21 teams will send personnel to watch him. Cotillo quotes Coffey from a January 2 phone interview about the pending showcase although Coffey would not say which teams will be there. Said Coffey,
Coffey is 32, and if he proves himself healthy, he could eventually work his way back to the Major Leagues. At this point, though, a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training may be his best option. Since he is not currently on a 40-man roster, he is not on the list of active players currently recovering from Tommy John surgery. However, if he makes a team, he could become another Tommy John success story.