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Surgery for Reyes?

By Sheldon Published: May 25, 2009

    CLEVELAND: The Indians' injury situation continues to deteriorate. ¶
   It's a good bet that Anthony Reyes soon will undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season Moreover, Travis Hafner suffered a presumably minor setback that will delay his return to the active roster. ¶
   Reyes was forced to leave his last start on Friday after walking six in three innings. The next day, it was announced his problem was an inflamed elbow. ¶
   After an examination Monday by team doctor Mark Schickendantz and an MRI scan, the diagnosis is inflammation of the ulnar nerve, which probably will require surgery. ¶
   ""We feel that Reyes would benefit from a transposition of the nerve,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said. ¶
   That is, the nerve would be removed from its ""tunnel'' and placed in a position where it won't be ""trapped.'' ¶
   However, a non-surgical solution will not be ruled out until Reyes visits Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles for a second opinion later in the week. If an operation is performed, Reyes will be out of action from four to six months, missing the rest of this season. ¶
   After playing in six games at Columbus, Hafner interrupted his rehabilitation assignment to return to Cleveland, when he experienced tightness in the middle of his back during his third at-bat Sunday. ¶
   ""He will get treatment at the ballpark for the next 24 to 48 hours then return to his rehab assignment,'' Soloff said. ""We are hoping that he will take batting practice Tuesday and Wednesday. ¶
   ""I spoke to Travis and the medical staff at Columbus, and they don't think this is serious. It has nothing to do with his shoulder, and Travis has a history of back tightness that lasts for 24 to 48 hours. His removal from the game was precautionary.'' ¶
   Hafner's rehab assignment stemmed from shoulder surgery last October, followed by soreness in the shoulder late last month. ¶
   Aaron Laffey's injury has been diagnosed as as right oblique strain and probably will keep him off the mound from four to six weeks. ¶
   Other injury news is more optimistic. ¶
   Jake Westbrook (Tommy John surgery) will throw three innings (50 pitches) off the mound in two or three days. If there are no setbacks, he is expected to go on a rehab assignment the first week of June. ¶
   ""Historically, rehab (for Tommy John patients) lasts until they throw five innings or 80 pitches or six innings and 90 pitches,'' Soloff said. ""That would be four or five starts.'' ¶
   Joe Smith (right rotator cuff strain) threw a 40-pitch bullpen Monday. He is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday and possibly go on a brief rehab assignment by the weekend. ¶
   NO DECISION -- Manager Eric Wedge has not determined whether David Huff will get another start or be sent back to Columbus. ¶
   ""We're still working through that,'' he said. ""Jeremy (Sowers) will be in the bullpen tonight but he will get one of the starts, either Wednesday or Thursday.'' ¶
   Wedge will not use the all-staff approach for either game, that is, stringing relief pitchers together. Nor, he said, will the Tribe call up a starter from below the Triple-A level. ¶
   Columbus' current starters: Jack Cassel, Toma Ohka, Kirk Saarloos and Zach Jackson. ¶
   JUST REWARDS -- Rays manager Joe Maddon was awarded with a three-year contract extension Monday, giving him security in the job through the 2012 season. ¶
   Maddon won several manager of the year awards in 2008, when Tampa Bay won its first American League pennant. ¶
   FARM FACTS -- Jordan Brown homered twice, singled twice and drove in two runs, but Buffalo beat Columbus 5-3. Brown was named International League Player of the Week. Rafael Perez pitched a scoreless inning, running his total to seven shutout innings in six appearances. *elip Nate Recknagel homered an drove in two runs in Kinston's 7-5 loss to Frederick. *elip T.J. House worked six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out seven, as Lake County defeated West Virginia 3-2. ¶

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