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Jonathan Broxton to have elbow surgery Monday [Updated]

September 16, 2011 |  7:20 pm


So the bone bruise wasn’t the problem after all.

With the bruise healed but the pain in his elbow persisting, sidelined closer Jonathan Broxton is considering a minor operation to shave down a bone spur and remove loose bodies, according to people with knowledge of the situation who weren’t authorized to discuss the matter.

[Update at 7:20 p.m.: Manager Don Mattingly confirmed that Broxton will have the surgery. It is scheduled for Monday.]

Broxton, who landed on the disabled list in early May with a bruised elbow, threw off the mound on Monday. Because he experienced discomfort a couple of days later, he underwent a CAT scan and MRI exam on Thursday.

The tests revealed the bruise has healed, and indicated the bone spur and loose bodies were probably the cause of Broxton’s pain. The bone spur was identified in May, but one of the sources said there was no way of knowing it was the problem until the bruise healed.

If Broxton undergoes the arthroscopic surgery, he is expected to take six weeks to recover. He should be ready for the start of spring training.

Where that will be remains a question, as the 27-year-old Broxton will be a free agent this winter.

In a story that ran in the Friday edition of The Times
, Broxton’s agent said he is open to returning to the Dodgers next season but will test the market.


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Photo: Jonathon Broxton. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times.