St. Louis Cardinals right-handed pitcher Kyle McClellan traveled to Florida to secure a second opinion on his elbow from famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Andrews confirmed the initial diagnosis by team physician Dr. George Paletta that surgery would not be needed.
McClellan has a flexor pronator strain and a mild tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. On Tuesday, he received a platelet-rich plasma injection, intended to speed healing. The 27-year-old is expected to rest for 6-8 weeks before potentially being able to throw again.
Became a Cardinal
Selected in the 25th round (762nd overall) of the June 2002 First-Year Player Draft. Released on November 13, 2012.
Started fast after moving to rotation to replace injured Adam Wainwright. After four starts, he was 3-0 with a 2.16 ERA but then went two months without a win. Edwin Jackson was acquired to put McClellan back in the bullpen, where he faltered late in the season. He was left off the roster for the NLDS and World Series.
Led all Cardinals pitchers and tied his career-high with 68 appearances. Led all Cardinals relievers for the second time out of three seasons with 23 holds. Ranked 11th among NL relievers with 75.1 IP, 16th in ERA at 2.27 and 20th in opponents BA at .210. Converted 2 of 3 save opportunities.
After a shaky spring, McClellan was again solid in a set up role, appearing in 66 games with a 4-4 record and a 3.38 ERA. He allowed just five of 30 inherited runners to score.
McClellan came virtually out of nowhere to break spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals and remained all season, skipping over Triple-A. The Cardinals 2008 Rookie of the Year Award winner posted a record of 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA. His 68 appearances were 3rd-most ever by a Cardinals rookie reliever (M. Perez 77 in 1992 and T. Worrell 74 in 1986) and his 30 holds tied for tops in MLB.
Added to the 40-Man Roster in November, McClellan split playing time between Palm Beach and Springfield finishing the season with a combined won-loss record of 6-1 with a 1.81 ERA. He held opposing batters to a .212 batting average and gave up only two home runs in 59 innings pitched over 40 games.
After being drafted in the 25th round, McClellan debuted with the Rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals in 2002. In 2004, he spent about one month on the disabled list with a right forearm injury. He spent the 2005 season with low Class A Quad Cities. He tore a ligament in his elbow in a spot start on July 1 and had Tommy John surgery performed by Cardinals’ team doctor George Paletta on July 22. He was moved to the bullpen in early May after he struggled in the rotation.
Kyle is a native St. Louisan, having graduated from Hazelwood West (Mo.) High School in 2002.
St. Louis Cardinals Rookie of the Year: 2008
Scout.com Cards Top 40 Prospect 2008: #31