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B-Mets reliever Henry Owens, who hasn't pitched since April 30, has a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm, but the injury is not believed to be serious. Owens, who has six saves this season and 33 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings, was examined by doctors in New York City on Tuesday afternoon. He said he feels no pain in his arm and that he is going to start playing catch today.
“Well what happened was, he last pitched on April 5…got the save…and the next day…he said woke up the next day and had some tightness in his forearm. There was no pain. No soreness. Nothing like that. It just felt tight. And he’s had elbow sprains before, in the past – I think he told me in 2002…
“He got examined by the doctors down in New York on Tuesday and they found what’s a very, very small tear in the UCL…now, that’s the Tommy John ligament, but the tear is so small that it’s just basically a sprain. So, it’s not anything very serious. He started throwing yesterday. He told me it felt good after throwing – again, still no pain, no soreness…the tightness is starting to go away…
“There’s no timetable for him to get back on the mound and start pitching as of yet, but I think its a good sign that he’s able to at least throw, even if it’s just playing soft-toss and he’s able to throw without much pain.”
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