As he nears the one-month mark of his stay on the disabled list, Nationals right-hander Cole Kimball will travel to New York Friday for a second opinion on his injured shoulder.
Kimball, who was placed on the DL on June 10 with right shoulder inflammation, received a cortisone shot in the shoulder and then began a throwing program on June 17 but was shutdown shortly thereafter because he experienced a recurrence in pain in the area. An MRI taken on the shoulder initially came back clean, showing only inflammation.
He hadn’t thrown until Tuesday but when he did, playing catch caused pain again, thus prompting the visit to a specialist in New York.
Kimball was called up to the big leagues for the first time in his career on May 14 — and had been pitching through shoulder soreness with Triple-A Syracuse since mid-April. It took him until June 10 to report the pain, not wanting to forfeit his first shot in the major leagues, and he’s been on the disabled list since.
Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he was unsure what specific tests Kimball would be getting done but that they could include an arthrogram procedure, where they inject dye into the area to get a closer look on an MRI.