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August 8, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Shawn Kelley could be headed for elbow surgery

Mariners lineup
Ichiro RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Casey Kotchman 1B
Russ Branyan DH
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Jose Lopez 3B
Josh Bard C
Ryan Langerhans LF
Josh Wilson SS
Jason Vargas LHP (7-5, 3.19)
Adam Moore was in the original lineup but was scratched with a stiff back. The Mariners are giving Michael Saunders (shoulder) one more day, but he should play tomorrow.
The big news today was Don Wakamatsu’s assertion that reliever Shawn Kelley will likely have surgery on his right elbow, which has been bothering him since mid-June. Kelley threw an inning in Tacoma on Monday but had to be scratched from a scheduled outing for Everett on Thursday when the elbow pain returned. Since then, he has undergone numeorus medical tests.
“I think he’s going to have to have surgery no matter what,” Wakamatsu said. “It’s just a matter of when they go in there, and what they find. It could be a year, or he could be ready for spring training. The MRI and CATscan haven’t been real conclusive on what’s in there.”


Kelley, who had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2003, is still holding out hope that he won’t need surgery, which in the worst case would be a second Tommy John procedure. I didn’t have a chance to talk to Kelley, but he told Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald: “It’s not for sure that (surgery) is the route we’re going to go. But that’s a possibility. It’s a decision I’ll have to make. I’ve got one more test tomorrow and we’ll see how that goes.”
The remaining test, he said, is a stress X-ray. “That will tell if the ligament has been stretched out,” he said. “If it is, then that would be enough cause to need Tommy John anyway.
“I just can’t go all offseason wondering if it’s OK and come to spring training not being 100 percent. I might feel good coming to spring and then try to get it going and then I’m right back to where I am right now.
“I’m not going to miss a lot of time by going in there if nothing is wrong. It’s a lot more work for me because I’m going to have to rehab it pretty hard this offseason, but at the same time I’ll know going into spring if I’m OK. It’s kind of a no-brainer for me.We’ll see how tomorrow goes.”

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