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Mariners prospect Danny Hultzen needs a trip to see Dr. James Andrews

Sep 25, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Mariners prospect Danny Hultzen was on the verge of the majors when shoulder problems derailed his season and now three months later he’s still hurting.

Jacob Thorpe of reports that the former No. 2 overall pick will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews after trying to throw in the Mariners’ instructional league led to a setback. And this quote from general manager Jack Zduriencik sounds awfully ominous:

[Team doctor] Ed [Khalfayan] saw him and quite frankly doesn’t like what he sees. He has every right to have a second opinion and Ed wants him to have a second opinion. We’ve been in touch with Dr. Andrews and we’re trying to work on getting him in there on Thursday and let them look at it, and make a decision at that time.

Compare that to a few months ago, when the Mariners insisted on using words like “minor” to describe his shoulder problems.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Does anyone else feel like James Andrews is like.. the ONLY doctor in all of MLB?

    • jm91rs - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      He’s 71 years old. At some point he’s gotta retire and enjoy his billions (exaggeration). There are thousands of orthopedic surgeons waiting to be the next dr. james andrews.

    • babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 25, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      I feel the same way. How is there only ONE doctor in the entire country who is trusted to treat a professional athlete? It seems like every athlete in every professional league only sees Dr. Andrews when they have a problem. I understand he is good at what he does, but how is there not a single other doctor capable of treating these people?

      • BalladOfKyleBlanks - Sep 25, 2013 at 6:03 PM

        He obviously isn’t “the only ONE doctor in the entire country who is trusted to treat a professional athlete.” However, he is arguably the best. He has seen more of these injuries than any other doctor. From a great article by Jay Jaffe:

        “He has seen so many of these injuries, Levitz said, that Andrews can diagnose, to the millimeter, how unstable the ligament is.
        “He can tell if it’s three millimeter, two millimeters, one,” Levitz said.”

        If money were no object, and in the case of a top prospect, it isn’t, wouldn’t YOU want the best care from the most expert doctor? Of course there are others who are supremely talented and can perform the job admirably, but it seems like most people would prefer to have the best there is.

  2. jdillydawg - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    Bummer. They had high hopes for that kid. Hope things turn out ok.

  3. 13arod - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Francisco he is the best doctor in baseball

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