Cordova's second elbow injury likely ends O's stay

Torn tendon needs repair after Tommy John surgery

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May 10, 2004|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

A magnetic resonance imaging on outfielder Marty Cordova's right elbow has revealed a torn flexor tendon, which most likely ends his career with the Orioles and would require another surgery if he wants to continue playing.

Team physician Dr. Charles Silberstein will consult with Dr. Charles Yocum, who examined Cordova last week, but the injury has been identified.

Cordova, 34, was shut down at extended spring training because of pain in the elbow area. He was swinging a bat as part of his rehabilitation from ligament-reconstructive surgery last year, but still couldn't play the outfield.

Head trainer Richie Bancells said Cordova isn't sure whether the tear occurred while he was hitting or engaged in his throwing program. The injury isn't related to the Tommy John surgery.

"The graft is fine. It's absolutely OK," Bancells said. "I've never seen one of these [flexor tears] happen in rehab before."

Entering the final year of his three-year, $9 million contract, Cordova went on the 15-day disabled list after spring training and stayed behind at the team's minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla. He batted .253 with 18 homers and 64 RBIs in 2002, but appeared in only nine games last season.

If Cordova chooses to have surgery, Yocum would have to reattach the tendon to its origin at the bone. Bancells estimated that the rehabilitation would last four months.

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