LOS ANGELES -- Three days after Jake Westbrook had to end a bullpen session prematurely due to right elbow discomfort, the Cardinals announced that the right-hander will receive a second opinion on his ailing elbow next week.
That opinion is likely to come from Dr. James Andrews, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. The visit will not come until Tuesday at the earliest, because of the holiday weekend.
"Just want to make sure with all of our guys that they get all of the attention that they can medically to make sure we're moving in the right direction," Matheny said. "It hasn't felt right all season. He's got an old elbow that has had a lot of work on it. We kind of went into the season expecting some [issues], but whenever it feels a little bit different or a little more magnified, we stop and try to figure out what can be done to possibly help him get through this to make sure we're going on the right track."
Westbrook has already been examined by the Cardinals' medical staff, which did not identify any structural damage in his elbow while looking at a magnetic resonance imaging scan. Westbrook was diagnosed with inflammation and has received two cortisone shots to try and break up scar tissue around the elbow.
Westbrook, who had elbow reconstructive surgery in 2008, will continue to play catch on flat ground until he leaves the club for the second opinion.
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