Condrey in search of second opinion

Condrey in search of second opinion

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Clay Condrey will get a second opinion on his right elbow pain before deciding whether to keep throwing or shut himself down for two months.

Condrey, 34, has not pitched in a game this season for the Twins. The right-hander began experiencing discomfort in his throwing arm at the end of Spring Training and has spent the entire season on the 15-day disabled list in an attempt to rehab his strained right elbow.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Condrey will now go to New York to be examined by Dr. David Altchek, a team physician for the Mets who also performed Joe Nathan's Tommy John surgery this past March.

Gardenhire said that an MRI of Condrey's right elbow taken on Monday showed there is still "inflammation in the area of the tendon, but that his ulnar collateral ligament looked fine, normal."

Reading from the medical report, Gardenhire said that Condrey was presented with the following options -- to keep throwing as long as the symptoms don't get worse, with a slight risk of further injury; to undergo an injection in the elbow; or shut down the arm entirely for two months.

"He has a big decision, so he's going to get another opinion, which is a good thing," Gardenhire said. "He should. If he goes down there and starts throwing and something were to happen, it'd be a hard road back. So a second opinion is not a bad thing -- just go get it done, check all your avenues and go from there."