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Phillies' Gordon to get second opinion on elbow


Phillies' Gordon to get second opinion on elbow
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Phillies reliever Tom Gordon will see Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday for a second opinion on his injured right elbow, and could be facing Tommy John surgery.

Gordon is trying to recover from elbow inflammation that placed him on the disabled list July 6. He pulled himself from a rehabilitation assignment at Class-A Clearwater on Wednesday, when he experienced discomfort after pitching to just two batters.

Yocum performed elbow ligament replacement surgery on Gordon in 1999.

"Right now we aren't optimistic that he will (pitch this year)," Phillies trainer Scott Sheridan said. "We would really like to have Lew's opinion because he's familiar with Tom."

Gordon is 5-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 34 games for the Phillies this season. The team hoped he would be able to contribute out of the bullpen down the stretch, serving as manager Charlie Manuel's primary set-up man when healthy.

The 40-year-old Gordon is 138-125 with 158 saves in a career that started in 1988. He saved 46 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1998.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: August 9, 2008

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