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August 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Mariners relief pitcher Shawn Kelley having exploratory surgery tomorrow on elbow

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Shawn Kelley has been away from the team for a bit as his wife was having a baby. Now, he’s going to finally have that exploratory surgery tomorrow in Anaheim with Dr. Lewis Yocum on the right elbow that’s kept him out of action since June 16. If the surgery uncovers something, the idea is to try to fix it right away rather than go back in for a second operation later on.
“It’s just to kind of see tomorrow what’s going on and then take care of it,” Mariners manager Daren Brown said.
Kelley has known for some time he’d need surgery.
“He’s been busy for the past couple of weeks and it’s something where we pushed back the surgery and now he’s going to get that done tomorrow.”
Kelley has already undergone so-called “Tommy John” surgery in 2003, where a ligament is transplanted from another part of the body to repair the damaged ulnar collateral ligament in a pitcher’s elbow.
“We all know what he’s had done before,” Brown said. “Hopefully, this is something they can fix and have him ready for spring training.”
And yes, if Kelley needs more Tommy John surgery, Yocum is prepared to do it right away.
Brown was also asked about last night’s baserunning gaffe involving Franklin Gutierrez.

In the bottom of the ninth, the M’s down 5-2 and Casey Kotchman on first base, a Gutierrez liner got by the center fielder and rolled to the wall. Kotchman took a turn at third but was held up. Gutierrez, though, kept on chugging and then realized too late that Kotchman was on third and not headed home.
Though he appeared to scramble back to second in time, Gutierrez was called out.
Yes, we’ve sort of seen this situation before. Where a guy whose run doesn’t matter gets himself thrown out.
In that situation, Gutierrez only makes it a 5-4 game. The big guy was whoever was in the on-deck circle and represented the tying run. Gutierrez winding up on third rather than second doesn’t really matter in that case.
Brown sees it the same way.
“When you’re down by three runs going into the ninth, your best-case scenario is to get the tying run to the plate and see what happens,” Brown said.
Brown said he talked about it with Gutierrez today and would like to leave it at that.
“I’m not trying to make that game 5-3 or 5-4,” Brown said. “I’m looking to win the game. And for me, that’s the situation I’m looking for going into the ninth.”
Brown added that he didn’t think Kotchman would have scored if waved in.
“He’s not a burner,” Brown said. “And for me, there are times in the game when it’s important to be aggressive and there are times when it’s not.”
The lineups:
3B Alberto Callaspo
2B Howie Kendrick
LF Bobby Abreu
RF Torii Hunter
DH Hideki Matsui
1B Mike Napoli
SS Erick Aybar
C Jeff Mathis
CF Peter Bourjos
RHP Dan Haren
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
CF Franklin Gutierrez
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
1B Casey Kotchman
LF Michael Saunders
C Adam Moore
SS Josh Wilson
RHP Felix Hernandez

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