Originally posted on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 5/18/12
Fearing for the worst, Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan got some good news Friday afternoon. McClellan thought he might be gone for the season after leaving Thursdays game in San Francisco with elbow pain. But after returning to St. Louis to be examined by Cardinals head team physician Dr. George Paletta, the outlook appears better. Fridays examination revealed a strained flexor pronator and a small tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, but the tear is small enough that McClellan believes surgery might not be necessary. "We think theres a good chance of rehabbing it over the next few weeks and avoiding surgery," McClellan told FOXSportsMidwest.com in a text message. McClellan described the findings as "good news" after thinking Thursday that a second Tommy John surgery might be necessary, which would have put him out for the rest of this season and part of 2013. He will instead rehab the elbow the next couple weeks and hope to avoid going under the knife like he did as a minor leaguer in 2006. The St. Louis native was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. Brandon Dickson was called up from Triple-A Memphis to take his roster spot as a long reliever in the bullpen. The Cardinals also placed outfielder Allen Craig on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a left hamstring strain. Speedster Adron Chambers was recalled from Memphis to take his spot.
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