Canseco may be lost for season pitching blamed American League

June 29, 1993|By Dallas Morning News

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers probably have lost outfielder Jose Canseco for the season, club officials said yesterday, because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

Canseco was examined yesterday by Dr. Frank Jobe in Inglewood, Calif. Jobe confirmed the diagnosis of the Rangers' medical staff -- a complete tear -- and recommended surgical repair, which would sideline Canseco for at least seven months.

Canseco, who apparently suffered the injury during a one-inning relief pitching appearance on May 29 in Boston, will be examined Thursday by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. A decision then will be made on when Canseco will undergo surgery.

DTC Surgery will involve reconstructing the ligament, which holds the elbow joint together on the underside of the arm, with one taken from Canseco's wrist. The procedure gained national acclaim in 1974, when it was performed by Jobe on Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John.

Rangers general manager Tom Grieve said he could not hold manager Kevin Kennedy responsible for using Canseco as a pitcher.

"Knowing what we do now, it's easy to say we shouldn't have done it," Grieve said. "But at the time, it was a decision that had very little chance for bad consequences."

After pitching in the 15-1 loss to the Red Sox, he did not start the next game or nine of the next 10. The Rangers, however, did not acknowledge that Canseco injured his arm until nearly two weeks later. His absence was attributed to migraine headaches.

"I honestly thought it was the normal stiffness," Kennedy said of Canseco's condition after pitching. "Everybody did."

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