Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins had another MRI scan of his balky right shoulder on Friday and was still deciding whether to undergo exploratory surgery to look for the source of stiffness in the joint.
That decision could have been made as early as Friday night, after Hawkins conferred with Brewers physician Dr. William Raasch to go over the latest test results. Hawkins also underwent a contrast MRI on Monday in Los Angeles with noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum that revealed only normal wear and tear.
If Friday’s scan was similarly inconclusive, then surgery could be necessary. Hawkins was not available after the Brewers’ 10-6 win over the Padres to discuss the outcome.
“We just want to be sure before we make a decision,” Hawkins said before the game.
Hawkins is in his second stint on the disabled list with what the Brewers have described as “weakness” in his shoulder. In the first season of a two-year, $7.5 million contract, Hawkins has an 8.44 ERA in 18 appearances.