ST. LOUIS (STLToday.com) - Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan can't win for losing when it comes to his health.
On July 3, the versatile righthander threw for the first time since going on the disabled list in mid-May with a strained right elbow.
During a recent throwing session, McClellan felt an injury in his shoulder resurface, the injury he believes led to the elbow trouble. A tear in his right labrum was revealed during an exam and promptly repaired Tuesday during surgery in St. Louis. Team physician Dr. George Paletta performed the procedure. McClellan also had capsulitis in the joint -- an irritation that had caused soreness and swelling.
McClellan said the elbow pain that put him on the disabled list was the result of the arm compensating for the tear and irritation in the shoulder.
McClellan, who originally had been tracking toward a mid-August return, will not pitch again in 2012.
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