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06/04/08 9:55 PM ET
Westbrook to see elbow specialist
Second opinion should help team gauge timeframe for return
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Indians are sending starter Jake Westbrook to see specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles for a second opinion on the inflammation in Westbrook's right elbow. Just what the first opinion is remains a mystery, though the need to see Yocum doesn't bode particularly well for Westbrook's chances of making a speedy recovery. Westbrook, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list and had an MRI exam performed in Cleveland on Tuesday, will see Yocum on Friday. The Indians aren't planning on announcing a timetable for Westbrook's recovery until Saturday, at the earliest. "We want to hold off on everything until we get through [the Yocum visit]," manager Eric Wedge said. "In a situation like this, you want to have multiple views on it." Westbrook felt soreness in his elbow after his start May 28 against the White Sox. That start was his return from the DL after missing more than a month with a strained left intercostal muscle. This injury is inherently more serious, as it involves Westbrook's arm. Westbrook had surgery to remove bone spurs and transpose the ulnar nerve in his right elbow in 2002, and he missed the first half of that season. He then suffered from elbow inflammation in late August and missed the remainder of the year. In five starts this season, the 30-year-old Westbrook was 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA. The Indians, who also have right-hander Fausto Carmona on the DL with a left hip strain, will promote left-hander Jeremy Sowers from Buffalo on Sunday to take Westbrook's vacated roster spot.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.