CLEVELAND -- Jake Westbrook is already recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery. He might toss in a hip surgery, too. Westbrook will see hip specialist Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday to determine if he needs arthroscopic surgery on his right hip. Westbrook told the Indians as far back as Spring Training that the hip was giving him occasional soreness, and the Tribe felt it best to get the matter addressed now, considering Westbrook is on the shelf anyway.
The hip issue is not considered to be serious, according to head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff. The surgery, which if necessary would be performed on Friday, would merely be to clean out the hip joint. "It fits real well into our time frame," Soloff said. "He is three months out from the elbow surgery. This would dovetail perfectly into his throwing program." Westbrook, who turns 31 later this month, is expected to begin a return-to-throw program over the offseason, with the eye on a possible big league return midseason in 2009.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.