From this morning’s P-G:
Citing continuing pain in his surgically repaired left elbow, the Pirates’ first-round draft pick in 2000, [Sean Burnett], pulled himself out of Class AAA Indianapolis’ game last night in Louisville, Ky., after pitching one inning. He gave up three runs and three hits and three walks, throwing only 16 of 33 pitches for strikes. …
Now, agent Jim Munsey said late last night, Burnett plans to exercise his right to a second opinion and will visit Dr. James Andrews.
After doctors at Allegheny General Hospital said that Zach Duke’s left elbow should heal properly with rest, he too sought a second opinion from Dr. Andrews.
I don’t blame them—in the same situation, I’d be just as cautious. My left arm is my livelihood, and I won’t risk doing damage to it so that a second-rate baseball club can earn a few more wins.
You have to wonder, though, how much of this is medical in nature. Would Burnett and Duke be as worried about their elbows if, say, the Yankees’ doctors had provided the diagnoses?
As Nancy writes at Sandlot Swashbucklers, it was announced at Victory Field that Burnett left Tuesday’s game with lower back pain. Jesse Chavez came in for the second inning and threw three frames of scoreless relief against the Cincinnati Reds’ Triple-A affiliate.