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For Adam Ottavino, who has apparently suffered a labrum tear—the worst diagnosis a pitcher can receive, short of "we lost your arm and we're not sure where we put it"—Derrick Goold, in the course of his usual excellent reporting, offers this good news-bad news juxtaposition. When describing the Cardinals' policy to suggest second opinions for their damaged pitching goods, he notes:

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Cardinals' team physicians have routinely encouraged other pitchers to seek additional evaluations. Chris Carpenter visited Altchek before having elbow surgery near the end of the 2007 season, and Mark Mulder had his rotator cuff repaired by Altchek in 2006, with Paletta in attendance.

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If I'm telling Adam Ottavino this story, I stop at the Chris Carpenter anecdote. Just a word of advice.