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Lowe has second surgery on pitching elbow

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Mariners reliever Mark Lowe on Tuesday had
a second arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow, this one to
remove scar tissue from a first surgery four months ago.

Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the operation in Los Angeles. Lowe
called it "a minor" procedure last week. A Mariners' statement
said the 23-year-old right-hander would return to Seattle's spring
training camp here on Wednesday.

Yocum performed the first surgery on Oct. 6, 2006, drilling
holes into the elbow to correct a chondral defect. Lowe hopes to be
back pitching in June, but the Mariners aren't so sure.

Last week, manager Mike Hargrove said he hoped his right-hander
and potential setup man for closer J.J. Putz would pitch this
season, but that he wasn't counting on it.

The 2006 rookie surprise was promoted from Double-A last summer
and set a club record by beginning his major league career with 17
2/3 scoreless innings.