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03/15/09 4:09 PM ET

Pimentel has elbow ligament issue

Royals reliever will seek second opinion regarding surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Julio Pimentel's MRI showed a ligament problem in his right elbow, according to Royals manager Trey Hillman.

Pimentel is seeking a second opinion to see if surgery might be necessary. He came off the mound after throwing a fastball during Friday's game against Texas.

Right-hander Henry Barrera, who has a tender elbow and has not pitched since March 1, is continuing to work on a throwing program.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.