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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