Escobar to discuss surgery options
Injured righty meeting with specialist after Friday's setback
ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Kelvim Escobar is scheduled to meet with team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum on Saturday night to talk about the recent results of his MRI and decide his options after suffering another setback Friday night.Escobar had to stop throwing after about 10 throws Friday because of pains in his right shoulder. He said that if Yocum tells him that there's nothing left for him to do to alleviate the pain, he'll then meet next week with Mets team doctor and shoulder injury specialist Dr. David Altchek in New York. "The only way I don't go to New York is if it gets better and I can go out there and pitch," Escobar said. "But if it hurts, then there's no other way to get something done. If I can't pitch this way, I'll have to do what's next and have surgery and move on." Escobar said he doesn't want to have surgery, but if Yocum and Altchek both advise him that there are no other options then he'll have to do it. If Escobar has shoulder surgery, he'll be out for the season, but how long he is out depends on what the doctor's find once they begin the operation. "I still hope that it can work out without having surgery," Escobar said. "I don't want to have surgery, but at the same time, I tried everything to get better." If he just has his shoulder cleaned up, then he'll miss the rest of the season and probably be ready by spring, but if he has to have his torn labrum repaired, then he'll likely be out at least 12 months and wouldn't return until after the 2009 All-Star break. Escobar said the best-case scenario would be that his shoulder inflammation is just a setback on his road to recovery from his torn labrum, which was diagnosed in late March. If that were the case, he'd just take a week off and resume playing catch next week sometime. Angels manager Mike Scioscia is still talking like this is all just a minor setback for Escobar and is holding out hope that his 18-game winner from last season will return soon. "He's going to let it calm down for a couple of days and try throwing again," Scioscia said. "I think he's going to decide if he's going to have a second opinion." Escobar said that he's looking forward to the meeting with Yocum and the potential meeting with Altchek to finally get everything figured out. "I just need to know, because I've tried everything I can," Escobar said. "It hasn't been easy for me, mentally or physically. It's no fun."
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.