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Phillies’ Brantley Seeks Opinion

May 3, 1999

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia Phillies closer Jeff Brantley got a third opinion on his injured right shoulder Monday, hearing for the first time that he might not need surgery.

Brantley visited Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery on the shoulder in 1997, after having been told he needed surgery by team physician Dr. Phillip Marone and orthopedic physician Dr. Craig Morgan.

``Dr. Andrews gave him a cortisone shot and said that we should wait for 10 days to see what happens,″ said manager Terry Francona. ``Jeff will be back tomorrow and will do some throwing.″

Brantley, who missed 11 days earlier this season, left the game on Wednesday with what has been diagnosed as a torn labrum. He decided to go to Birmingham for a final opinion from Dr. Andrews.

``Dr. Andrews is the only one to have seen the inside of his shoulder. He isn’t saying that there is not a tear _ just that there is a chance that there may not be,″ Francona said.

``We have nothing to lose,″ Francona said. ``If he has to have the surgery, he’ll be out for the year anyway.″

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