JJ to see Dr. Andrews

Reliever Jim Johnson will seek a second opinion on his injured right elbow this week from Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., an appointment Orioles manager Dave Trembley confirmed this morning. 

The Baltimore Sun first reported on Sunday morning that Johnson would visit the acclaimed orthopedist. The Orioles team orthopedist, Dr. John Wilckens, has told Johnson it is a strained ulnar collateral ligament.

The injury has plagued Johnson from early in the season, but says he hasn’t attributed his 1-1, 6.52 ERA to his elbow issues.

“I felt like I could have pitched through it, but obviously I wasn’t able to,” Johnson told The Sun, “I can’t straighten out my arm like I normally should be able to, and obviously that’s affected everything. I’ve been getting treatment for it since the first day of the season. But the more you throw, the worse it gets.”

The Orioles sent Johnson down to Triple-A Norfolk earlier this month to try to work through his struggles, but the pain has persisted.  He threw one scoreless inning for Norfolk on Tuesday before being placed on the team’s seven-day disabled list. Trembley said on Sunday he had no knowledge of Johnson’s injury until this morning.

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