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Tim Stauffer gets second opinion on lingering elbow injury

May 25, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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Tim Stauffer is on the disabled list for the second time this season because of a sprained right elbow and was able to make just one start in between DL stints, so not surprisingly he sought a second opinion on the injury.

Rob Terrnova of the North County Times reports that Stauffer was examined recently by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed Tommy John surgery on Stauffer’s rotation-mate, Cory Luebke, earlier this week.

There’s no word yet on what Yocum has advised Stauffer, but there’s little chance of the news actually being good (as opposed to just “not bad”). Stauffer was the Padres’ Opening Day starter last season and threw 186 innings with a 3.73 ERA, staying healthy enough to make 31 starts, but for now there’s no timetable for his return.

  1. micker716 - May 25, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    It’s official. Dr. Yocum’s second opinion: “You’re ugly too.”

  2. gloccamorra - May 26, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Stauffer pitched only 99 inning in 2010, including a rehab stint after an appendectomy, then 186 innings last year, and missed his last two starts with a stiff forearm (flexor tendon, not UCL). Could the Verducci Effect be in play?

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