Orioles left-handed pitcher Josh Rogers is going to Dallas to get a second opinion on what the team has described as an ulnar collateral ligament strain in his pitching elbow.
Rogers left Tuesday night’s game in the fifth inning after feeling elbow soreness in the Orioles’ loss to the San Diego Padres.
Rogers, who pitched through 2 ⅓ innings, knew something was up when he left the mound.
“I felt something in my elbow, just something different,” Rogers said.
He talked with head athletic trainer Brian Ebel, and then had an MRI, which helped determine he should have another doctor, Keith Meister, who specializes in sports injuries and elbow reconstruction, look at it.
The Orioles acquired the left-handed pitcher, along with right-handed pitchers Dillon Tate and Cody Carroll, in the Zack Britton trade with the New York Yankees in July 2018. He would be the second pitcher the organization acquired through last year’s trades to undergo Tommy John surgery, joining Zach Pop, who came from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Manny Machado trade.
Through the 2018 and 2019 seasons, Rogers has played in eight games with the Orioles, including five this season.
After Wednesday’s 10-5 loss to the Padres, the Orioles optioned right-handed pitcher Matt Wotherspoon to Triple-A to make room for left-handed pitcher John Means to return and start Friday’s game against the Cleveland Indians.