Washburn to visit Dr. Yocum to check out knee
Tigers left-hander Jarrod Washburn will visit renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum Tuesday in southern California for a closer look at the troublesome left knee that has knocked him out of action and possibly ended his season.
Washburn was not seen with the team Friday for the Tigers’ series opener against the Twins. head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Washburn has been completely shut down from pitching activity for now until he can see Dr. Yocum, who has worked with Washburn since his younger years pitching for the Angels.
Rand said the Tigers medical staff has been consulting with Dr. Yocum on test results and other information, since he knows more about the history of Washburn’s knee. So far, tests have shown no cartilage damage, and he has been diagnosed with instability in the inner part of the knee stemming from an old ACL injury.
Washburn and the medical staff had hoped to find a way to reduce the pain and swelling in his knee enough to get him back on the mound. As Washburn’s lone inning of work Tuesday showed, however, that’s easier said than done.
Though Washburn’s knee has bothered him for most of the season, dating back to early in the year with Seattle, he was able to pitch through it into July. Except for one or two starts, however, the veteran left-hander has been ineffective since joining the Tigers in a July 31 trade.
The Tigers hoped skipping him for a start earlier this month would help, since it did the trick in Seattle in May. However, Washburn said his knee felt no better when he returned Sept. 10 at Kansas City. Worse, it began to swell on him as soon as he warmed up for his start last Tuesday against the Royals at Comerica Park. Manager Jim Leyland and Rand decided to pull him when he was noticeably hobbled during a four-run first inning that night.
Look for more on the blog next week.