Just spoke with reliever Scott Proctor and the news is not good for the Marlins, who were counting on the right-hander to be an integral part of their bullpen when they signed him over the winter. Proctor said that he felt substantial pain in his surgically repaired elbow while throwing a bullpen session on Monday and the decision has been made to send him to Alabama to visit Dr. James Andrews, the renowned orthopedic surgeon.
Proctor, who had surgery in October to repair a partially torn flexor tendon, has not pitched at all for the Marlins, who signed him in January to a 1-year deal worth $750,000.
"We're going to go talk about what are the options," Proctor said Tuesday. "They said to go and see what the magician (Andrews) says. It was feeling good and yesterday it definitely went backwards. It's not to where you think it should be. It's frustrating."
Proctor said he hopes to see Andrews before the end of this week. With Andrews, Tommy John surgery is always a possibility, though Proctor said it's uncertain at this point what specifically is the problem with the elbow. Further rest could also be prescribed.
The 32-year-old relieved in 83 games for the New York Yankees in 2006, 83 games for the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007, and 41 games for the Dodgers last season before right elbow tendinitis landed him on the disabled list in June. The Marlins signed him believing there to be no lingering issues with the elbow and intended to use him as one of their primary late-inning relievers. But Proctor was shut down in spring training due to loose scar tissue and has yet to pitch in a Marlins uniform, either in spring training or the regular season.
Initially, Proctor was hopeful that he would be ready to pitch by May 1. But those hopes dimmed as time passed. He was throwing off a mound for only the second time on Monday when he experienced further discomfort in the elbow.
"The most frustrating part is when you go through everything, do everything they tell you to do...I had the surgery, did the rehab, put the time in, came into camp ready to go and now this," Proctor said. "At this point, I don't know what it is, probably a strain."