Kansas City Royals closer Joakim Soria will take a few days to consider his options after receiving a second opinion on his elbow injury.
Soria has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He had reconstructive elbow surgery in 2003 to replace the same ligament.
After leaving Sunday's game with pain in the elbow, Soria was examined Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles.
''He's taking the day to sit back and think through things,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said Wednesday. ''We'll give him a day or two and then we'll go from there.''
Yost said he didn't know what the options were.
Soria, a two-time All-Star, has 160 career saves, including a career-high 43 in 2010. Even if the 27-year-old Soria chooses not to have surgery, he would likely miss three months. If Tommy John surgery is necessary, he would miss the season.
''It's going to be a serious blow to our 'pen,'' Yost said. '...