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Second surgery to sideline M's Lowe until at least June

2/24/2007 - MLB Mark Lowe Seattle Mariners + more

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners reliever Mark Lowe will
have arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow next week, pushing
back his potential return to June or later.
Lowe said the procedure will take place Thursday or Friday in
Los Angeles. The right-hander was promoted from Double-A last
summer and set a club record by beginning his major league career
with 17 2-3 scoreless innings.
Dr. Lewis Yocum drilled holes into Lowe's elbow in October to
regenerate cartilage. Lowe said an MRI exam last week showed the
regeneration went well and that this second surgery is to confirm
all is well structurally in the joint.
The Mariners said Lowe needs the surgery to clean out scar
tissue that is restraining his range of motion.
The Mariners were penciling in Lowe, 23, to be their setup man
of the future for closer J.J. Putz -- until Lowe was placed on the
disabled list last Aug. 20 with what was first thought to be elbow
tendinitis.
Manager Mike Hargrove said last week he wasn't counting on Lowe
pitching for Seattle this season, but did not rule out Lowe's
return.