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Nerve issue in elbow ongoing for Pelfrey

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Pelfrey is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his right elbow, as the anti-inflammatory medicines haven't helped the nerve issue in the right-hander's elbow.

Pelfrey also met with Dr. Thomas Varecka in Minnesota on Tuesday after receiving a diagnosis of nerve irritation and scar tissue in his elbow last week. Pelfrey, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 2 with a strained groin, originally complained of shoulder discomfort before the nerve irritation was found in his elbow.

Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said the club would wait until Pelfrey met with Andrews before releasing any more information. But surgery could not be ruled out, especially after the anti-inflammatories did not help as much as Pelfrey had hoped.

"He has something going on with that elbow," Antony said. "We've got him on anti-inflammatories, but I think there's more to it than that, and the doctors do as well."

Pelfrey had Tommy John elbow-reconstruction surgery performed by Andrews on May 1, 2012. But a recent MRI exam on his elbow found no structural damage, as Pelfrey's issue is believed to be related to the ulnar nerve and not the ulnar collateral ligament.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Alex M. Smith is an associate reporter for
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