LOS ANGELES -- Injured Tigers reliever Zach Miner will visit with noted orthopedic specialist Lewis Yocum to examine his injured right elbow Wednesday in California, according to Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.
What comes out of that consultation should play a big role in Miner's decision whether to undergo season-ending elbow surgery now or try to rehab.
An MRI exam taken last week revealed a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in Miner's elbow. Miner told MLB.com a few days ago that he would seek a second opinion to try to determine what to do. He had been trying to rehab his way through the injury, which was originally diagnosed as tendinitis after an initial MRI exam showed no structural damage, but underwent a second MRI once his elbow bothered him again in an extended spring training appearance last week.
Whether or not Miner has surgery, he isn't expected back anytime soon. Still, the decision to have surgery not only will determine whether he has any chance to pitch this season, but also how extensive a comeback he'll face.
Miner, an important swing man in Detroit's bullpen last year, is one of two Tigers relievers currently on the disabled list. Left-hander Bobby Seay is expected to visit with Dr. James Andrews shortly to examine his partially torn labrum and hopefully get clearance to start a throwing program. Seay is trying to rehab without surgery, which would keep him out at least all year and would likely put his career in question.