A's Braden seeking 2nd, 3rd opinions on shoulder

May 7, 2011, 10:44 pm
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Paul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com

A's left-handed starter Dallas Braden, on the disabled list since April 18 with what has been diagnosed as stiffness in his throwing shoulder, will seek both a second and third opinion early next week, according to the team.Braden, 27, will visit Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday before meeting with Mets physician David Altchek on Tuesday in New York City.

The author of the 19th Perfect Game in MLB history, against Tampa Bay last Mother's Day, last pitched on April 17 and appeared distraught after beating Detroit with a five-inning, 67-pitch outing in which he gave up one run, three hits, struck out five and walked two.He was initially examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum on April 20 and was diagnosed with inflammation but no structural damage. Braden attempted to play catch for the first time since suffering the injury on Monday but had to shut it down early in a session general manager Billy Beane called "so-so." He was then re-examined by Yocum on Wednesday and when no answer to Braden's satisfaction came, he decided upon second and third opinions.It is the fourth time in Braden's career he has been on the disabled list.