Kyle McClellan Injury: Cardinals Reliever Has Small Tear In Ulnar Collateral Ligament, Strained Flexor Pronator

After leaving Thursday's game with elbow pain, Cardinals reliever Kyle McClellan returned to St. Louis for further evaluation. He received relatively good news about the nature of the injury on Friday and hopes now to rehab the arm and avoid surgery:

"We think there’s a good chance of rehabbing it over the next few weeks and avoiding surgery," McClellan told FOXSportsMidwest.com in a text message.

McClellan described the findings as "good news" after thinking Thursday that a second Tommy John surgery might be necessary, which would have put him out for the rest of this season and part of 2013.

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McClellan has a 5.30 ERA in 18-2/3 innings pitched in 2012.

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