Reyes might have season-ending surgery
Anthony Reyes’ chronic right elbow problem appears bound for surgical adjustment that would end his season.
Reyes’ elbow was examined Monday by team physician Dr. Mark Schickendantz, who has diagnosed Reyes with ulnar neuritis and recommended that Reyes receive an ulnar nerve transposition.
Reyes will visit specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles later this week to get a second opinion. If the surgery is performed, the recovery period is between four to six months, according to head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff.
Other medical updates today:
Aaron Laffey will be out four to six weeks with his right oblique strain.
Travis Hafner (sore right shoulder) was pulled from his rehab assignment after three at-bats yesterday because of tightness in his back. It is not considered serious. Hafner will take BP here at Progressive Field on Tuesday and Wednesday and return to Columbus to resume his rehab assignment later this week.
Joe Smith (strained right rotator cuff) threw a 40-pitch bullpen today and will throw a live batting practice session here Wednesday. He could go out on rehab by the end of the week.
Jake Westbrook (Tommy John surgery) will advance to three innings or 50 pitches in his next extended spring outing this week. He will likely go out on rehab assignment the first week of June and will probably make four or five starts in the Minors before he’s ready to rejoin the Tribe.