McClung exits with elbow injury
The long scar on Seth McClung’s elbow is proof enough that the big Brewers right-hander knows a thing or two about elbow injuries. But he avoided jumping to conclusions Friday night about a possible setback.
McClung exited an outing against the Braves with two outs in the ninth inning complaining of a “weird” sensation in his surgically-repaired elbow. He expected to know more on Saturday after a visit with a team doctor.
“I’m quite familiar with the elbow,” McClung said, showing off his scar. “But I wouldn’t get too upset. It’s the day of, and it’s just a little weird in there. I’ll show up [Saturday] and talk to all of the doctors, the appropriate people.”
McClung underwent a Tommy John surgery in June 2003, when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays. His surgery and rehabilitation was chronicled by MLB Productions for an episode of This Week in Baseball.
On Friday, McClung had just walked Chipper Jones when head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger trotted to the mound, but the real sign of trouble came two batters earlier, when a change-up to Braves leadoff man Nate McLouth sailed to the backstop for Ball 3. McClung’s next pitch was a 92 mph fastball, but he eventually walked McLouth, too.
Reliever Mitch Stetter escaped the inning without further damage. McClung was charged with a run on two hits in one inning of work. He has a 5.03 ERA in 36 relief appearances and two starts.
Manager Ken Macha has urged McClung — and other Brewers pitchers — to work on their off-speed pitches, and McClung had been heeding that advice of late.
“I’ve worked very hard trying to improve my repertoire,” McClung said. “We’re not there, and I was told to go ahead and throw them, and I threw them. The change-up that went to the backstop, that’s the one that kind of came out of my hand and felt funny. We’ll worry about it tomorrow.”