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07/06/08 3:46 PM ET
Escobar to see specialist in New York
Righty will discuss surgery possibilities on injured shoulder
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Kelvim Escobar met with team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum on Saturday night and decided he will fly to New York on Monday to seek a second opinion from Mets team doctor and shoulder injury specialist David Altchek. Escobar, who was diagnosed with a labrum tear in his right shoulder in late March, talked with Yocum about his recent MRI results, which showed no further tear in his labrum. Escobar wasn't in the clubhouse Sunday but said on Saturday he would fly to New York if Yocum told him there were no other rehab options for his shoulder. He also said that if Altchek recommends surgery he will go ahead with it and miss at least the rest of the season and possibly 12 months if he has his torn labrum repaired. It's a major change from a few weeks ago when Escobar's shoulder was progressing well and the Angels thought he would be back as early as the All-Star break. "I think we were very excited in seeing where he was in simulated games and rehab appearances," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Obviously, he's had setbacks since then and rebounded from where he felt was a minor setback to where now he wants to look at some things a little deeper and see what's happening." Even though Escobar's return this season seems dire, Scioscia still is holding out hope that the right-hander is just experiencing shoulder discomfort that could go away with a break from throwing. "We haven't ruled out the possibility he'll pitch this year," Scioscia said. "Whereas three weeks ago, I think Eskie and all of us felt there was doubt he would pitch this year in some capacity." Escobar, 32, is coming off a career season in which he set a career-high in wins with 18 and carried a 3.40 ERA.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.