Lowe has second surgery on pitching elbow

Updated: February 28, 2007, 12:15 AM ET
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners reliever Mark Lowe on Tuesday had a second arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow, this one to remove scar tissue from a first surgery four months ago.

Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the operation in Los Angeles. Lowe called it "a minor" procedure last week. A Mariners' statement said the 23-year-old right-hander would return to Seattle's spring training camp here on Wednesday.

Yocum performed the first surgery on Oct. 6, 2006, drilling holes into the elbow to correct a chondral defect. Lowe hopes to be back pitching in June, but the Mariners aren't so sure.

Last week, manager Mike Hargrove said he hoped his right-hander and potential setup man for closer J.J. Putz would pitch this season, but that he wasn't counting on it.

The 2006 rookie surprise was promoted from Double-A last summer and set a club record by beginning his major league career with 17 2/3 scoreless innings.

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