Wickman To Have Elbow Examined

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Cleveland Indians closer Bob Wickman will fly to Los Angeles on Thursday to have his right elbow examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Wickman experienced discomfort throwing before the Indians beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 6-4 Wednesday night.

"I just went out to throw, and it was stiff again," Wickman said. "So, I just want to get another opinion."

The Indians have not ruled out placing Wickman on the disabled list.

Wickman was activated from the DL last Saturday. He was sidelined with a strained muscle in his right forearm. It was his first stint on the disabled list in 11 major league seasons.

The right-hander, who also has pitched for the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers, is 1-3 with a 4.46 ERA and 20 saves in 22 chances this season.

Mark Wohlers recorded saves in Cleveland victories Tuesday and Wednesday over the Devil Rays. He has converted six of seven save opportunities this season.

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