Cla Meredith relieved after clean tests
Reliever Cla Meredith, the first Nationals' injury victim of the spring, felt relief today when the results from an MRI and an X-ray of his right elbow came back clean. Yesterday, Meredith cut short a bullpen session after he felt a sharp pain his elbow, which was operated on last October in order to remove bone chips.
The tests "seemed to show my elbow is actually in pretty good shape considering the mileage I've had on my arm over the years," Meredith said. "The bottom line is, I'm four months of out surgery. I've never had surgery before. There's going to be some bumps in the road."
The Nationals training staff believes the acute pain Meredith felt Friday while throwing a slider was actually the breaking of scar tissue. Since Meredith had never recovered from surgery before, he initially thought the worst. He actually felt more pain from the scar tissue than from pitching with the bone chips.
"I'm certainly a little more relieved today than I was yesterday," Meredith said. "I can tell you one thing. I've been on a few different teams now, and this training staff they got here is pretty good. I did what I did out on the mound, and I was in an MRI tube within a couple hours. That says a lot about the people they have working here."
Meredith will take a few days off before he resumes throwing. Before the setback Friday, "I was pretty excited with my stuff," Meredith said.
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