After getting a second opinion on his injured right shoulder, New York Yankees pitcher Pascual Perez might be able to avoid season-ending arthroscopic surgery. Surgery will be delayed for at least three weeks so Perez - who signed a $5.7 million, three-year contract as a free agent during the off-season - can try more rest and rehabilitation, the New York Times and New York Post reported in today's editions. Perez was examined by Dr. James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon, in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. Andrews agreed with Yankees team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon that Perez has a chronic inflammation in the rear of the shoulder joint. Andrews suggested that Perez, who last pitched for the Yankees on April 25, rest the shoulder for three weeks and then begin throwing in a rehabilitation program. Hershon and Dr. Louis Bigliani, an orthopedist and shoulder specialist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, had recommended arthroscopic surgery.
PEREZ MIGHT AVOID SURGERY
By Deseret News