May 22, 2012
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Phillies SP Vance Worley (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
There is one name in all of baseball that is feared when it’s uttered: Dr. James Andrews.
Phillies injured starting pitcher Vance Worley visited Dr. Andrews Monday afternoon, seeking a second opinion on his elbow. UPDATE (via Todd Zolecki): Worley back from 2nd opinion. Said same diagnosis as Phillies doctors. No Tommy John. Will have to pitch rest of year with bone chip.
Usually when Andrews is involved, it’s because he’s the best doctor in sports, specializing in the Tommy John surgery.
It was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Worley has a small bone chip in his right elbow.
“He has a small body embedded in the lining of his joint,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. “We don’t think it’s the reason why he had inflammation, but it’s possible. This is something that’s not very uncommon. But it could be the cause of some of the inflammation. We haven’t heard from Andrews.”
Worley originally went on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. Before the injury, Worley was 3-2 with a 3.07 ERA in seven starts.
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May 18, 2010
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Brad Lidge is relieved the injury to his elbow is minor. All he needed was a cortisone shot after the Phillies’ team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti and a renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews looked at the MRI and concluded that was the necessary treatment. Lidge is also expected to avoid any rehab and return off the DL May 25, Zach Schonbron of MLB.com reported.
“It’s a relief,” Lidge said. “I’m fortunate that it’s just the joint cleared up and they’ve got ways to treat it. Hopefully as soon as I get off the DL, I’ll be able to throw in games.”
There was no damage to his elbow or any loose bodies, the same thing that was surgically repaired in the offseason.
“They said it is possible that this thing could happen after surgery, that setbacks are possible,” Lidge said. “They really said you shouldn’t have to deal with any more after this — it’s kind of the last stage to getting to 100 percent. It happened, and hopefully now I’ll be able to bounce back and get back up and get into midseason form.”
In other news, J.A. Happ threw 20 pitches in a bullpen side session on Monday and reported no pain in his strained left forearm. Last time he threw off a mound, he had a set back.
“Today was a big hurdle,” Dubee said. “This is where we got to last time, and he didn’t respond very well. He responded much better today.”