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Cardinals fear Kyle McClellan’s elbow injury may be serious

May 18, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Kyle McClellan left last night’s game with elbow soreness and admitted afterward that he’s been pitching with pain for several weeks now.

McClellan, who underwent Tommy John surgery as a minor leaguer in 2006, told Rick Eymer of “The pain is somewhat similar to when I did it in the minors, but that was on one violent pitch. I’m hoping this isn’t like that.”

Eymer reports that McClellan will be examined by team doctors in St. Louis. He’s allowed 11 runs in 19 innings this season, but threw 142 innings with a 4.19 ERA last year while splitting time between the bullpen and rotation to help fill in when Adam Wainwright underwent Tommy John surgery of his own.

  1. stex52 - May 18, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Put Oswalt on speed dial. I know, I repeat myself. But this team can compete all the way to the WS if they can just keep the starting pitching going.

    • ajcardsfan - May 18, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      With this news I feel like we need to pay Oswalt’s price tag, especially if Wainwright or Garcia can’t pull it together, we could move them to the pen for a while

  2. stlouis1baseball - May 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Hello Roy? This is John…John Mozeliak. I would like to offer you a spot in our starting rotation as we have now come unglued with the ole’ injury bug. What’s worse…our Staff Ace isn’t throwing as well as we would like post Tommy John Surgery. We really care about winning…and realize we don’t have a chance in hell to compete for the Title with our Pitching staff being in the shape it is currently in.
    Please sign this contract.

  3. js20011041 - May 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    “The Cardinals aren’t cursed…they’re stupid.”

    • bearyinsane - May 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Pretty stupid last year too… Did you see how that turned out?

      • js20011041 - May 18, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        You obviously didn’t get the joke. Please refer back to the post regarding Danny Duffy requiring Tommy John surgery. Also a helpful hint. It isn’t the poster’s comment when it’s in quotation marks.

  4. materialman80 - May 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    More bad news for the Cards. We are watching the season slip away.

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