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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchinson works against Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of MLB interleague baseball action in Toronto on Friday June 15 , 2012. Hutchinson left the game after nine pitches with a sore right elbow. (Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchinson works against Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of MLB interleague baseball action in Toronto on Friday June 15 , 2012. Hutchinson left the game after nine pitches with a sore right elbow. (Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Drew Hutchison’s elbow ligament injury confirmed Add to ...

A second medical opinion has confirmed that Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Drew Hutchison has suffered a ligament strain in his right elbow.

But Toronto manager John Farrell told reporters on Tuesday that the team still isn’t certain if the right-hander will require surgery.

That will be a decision the 21-year-old rookie will make later in the week.

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There is a chance the injury could heal on its own through rest and rehabilitation, but there are no guarantees.

Hutchison could still wind up having surgery a month or two down the road, which would only delay his ultimate return to the big-league club.

Tommy John ligament replacement surgery normally requires at least a 12-month layoff.

Hutchison injured himself in a game last Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. He has already been placed on the 15-day disabled list.

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