Former Merrimack pitcher Ryan O’Rourke is headed for a second opinion on his injured elbow, after meeting with team doctors for the Minnesota Twins earlier this week. On Wednesday, MLB.com reported that O’Rourke flew to Minnesota from Florida to have his elbow examined, and it was determined that there was no structural damage. O’Rourke was diagnosed with a flexor mass pronator strain on March 21 and has been on the disabled list.
“I went up here to see one of the docs,” O’Rourke said. “I don’t know what it was called, but it was very cool. It was kind of an ultrasound that showed me how my ligaments, tendons and muscles were moving. It was interesting. We did that to make sure nothing was torn. But no, we were good.”
O’Rourke told MLB.com that the time it has taken for rehab has been frustrating. As of this week, he has yet to throw off a mound.
“If you asked me in spring, I would’ve been throwing a week later,” O’Rourke said. “I think it was naiveite for me because I’d never been hurt. I didn’t know the timelines and the waiting game. I thought I was Wolverine, and I could heal in three seconds. So for it to take this long is a bit frustrating.
“Moving forward, we’re just trying to figure out the best plan for getting me back out there,” O’Rourke said. “It’s great knowing that nothing is torn, but not great not knowing exactly what caused it, and what’s happening with it.”