PITTSBURGH -- Brewers left-hander Manny Parra needs elbow surgery, but not that
elbow surgery. Parra, on the disabled list all season because of back and elbow injuries, had a setback this week related to a screw that was inserted in his elbow as a teenager to fix a stress fracture in the joint.
"The screw has caused him some issues, and we need to have it replaced," assistant general manager Gord Ash said.
The issue is separate from the ones that scuttled Parra's return from a back injury in May. He developed discomfort in his elbow identified as strains to the flexor tendon and ulnar collateral ligament, problems that sometimes lead to Tommy John ligament replacement surgery. But Brewers doctors believe, and Dr. Lewis Yocum agreed in a second opinion, that Parra can work his way back without that major procedure.
The Brewers' head physician, Dr. William Raasch, will examine Parra this weekend in Milwaukee to make a final call about surgery to replace the troublesome screw. Parra would have to spend the winter rehabbing, but would be ready for Spring Training. He is arbitration-eligible this winter for the second time.