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Kyle McClellan to avoid elbow surgery, rest for 6-8 weeks

May 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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As the injuries continue to pile up in St. Louis the Cardinals got a bit of good news on the health front, as doctors believe reliever Kyle McClellan‘s partially torn elbow ligament won’t require surgery.

McClellan got a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews and for once that wasn’t a precursor to going under the knife, with Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reporting that he’s been told to “treat the injury with 6-8 weeks of rest” and “also had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right arm.”

The official diagnosis is a flexor pronator strain and a mild tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. McClellan previously had Tommy John surgery in 2005 and certainly isn’t totally out of the woods yet when it comes to potentially needing it again, but Andrews apparently left him with some hope about returning in August and September.

McClellan has a 3.69 ERA in 378 career innings, making 17 starts and 233 relief appearances through age 27.

  1. stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    He helped tremendously last year in the early parts of the season.
    He was absolutely crucial to shoring that rotation up early on.
    How soon we forget.
    One other thing. “Tits on a wheel barrow?” Don’t you mean…”tits on a Boar.”

  2. stlouis1baseball - May 23, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    No…I really think you meant “tits on a Boar.” I am sure of it.
    As for McClellan…he was huge the first part of the season with all the pitching issues they had early on. Again…1st part of the season.
    Meaning…your TLR postseason comment doesn’t apply.
    I was very appreciative of what McClellan brought to the table with his rotation help.
    Otherwise…they don’t have a chance to make that comeback late in the year.
    His wins (and quality starts in general) were invaluable at the time (1st half of the season).

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