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Kyle McClellan diagnosed with partial tear of UCL in elbow

May 18, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

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We heard earlier this morning that right-hander Kyle McClellan feared the possibility of requiring Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. There’s still a chance it may happen, but he received a minor piece of good news after being examined by Cardinals’ head team physician Dr. George Paletta.

B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest reports that McClellan was diagnosed with a strained flexor pronator and a small tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. However, the tear is small enough where he’ll attempt to rehab the injury over the next couple weeks rather than undergo surgery. It will probably be a while before he rejoins the Cardinals, though.

McClellan, who previously underwent Tommy John surgery as a minor leaguer in 2005, has a 5.30 ERA and 11/9 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 relief innings this season. The Cardinals placed him on the disabled list this afternoon and recalled right-hander Brandon Dickson from Triple-A Memphis to take his spot in the bullpen.

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