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Clemens says elbow injury isn't serious


ARLINGTON, Texas -- While there have been private concerns in the Boston Red Sox organization about Roger Clemens having an ulnar nerve problem in his right elbow that would eventually require Tommy John surgery, the right-hander, who was scratched from Friday night's start for precautionary reasons, dispelled those concerns.

"I have nothing like that," said Clemens, who is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday in Detroit. "I felt a tingling sensation in my hands after I took [a magnetic resonance imaging exam] because they tie something around your arm and it makes your arm go numb. But that's something I don't think is a factor for me."

Clemens said he was persuaded to forgo his start when he said team physician Arthur Pappas expressed his concern that he was pitching too soon. Pappas reportedly had other opinions given on the MRI that Clemens had at University of Massachusetts Medical Center earlier in the week.

"Doc told me we had to be serious about this," said Clemens. "I know it's probably the best thing for me, but I want to pitch. I don't know if I could pitch, but I've been feeling better. I think my range of motion now is better because I can touch the top of my shoulders. The swelling is down a little."

As he was explaining his being scratched, Clemens also revealed another injury that hadn't been known. Clemens said he received a shot about four weeks ago for not only his elbow, but also because he was having problems with his left knee.

Clemens said that neither Pappas nor any of the other consultants could agree on the source of the swelling. The tingling in the hand is normally a sign of ulnar nerve problems, which aren't detected in MRIs.

Clemens says he will throw again on the side today. He was expected to get off the anti-inflammatory medication Friday night. He admitted again to having a "booster shot" that apparently contained a few things, including cortisone.

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