WASHINGTON (AP) -Washington Nationals right-hander Jason Simontacchi wants a second opinion on his ailing right elbow before getting a second cortisone shot.
Simontacchi, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 16 with elbow tendinitis, will fly to Alabama on Thursday to be examined by Dr. James Andrews.
``It scares you, because I've never had a problem with my elbow before. So I don't know what to expect,'' Simontacchi said Wednesday. ``It hasn't gotten any better, it hasn't gotten any worse. But it doesn't make any sense for me to go out there when I'm 75 percent or whatever.''
He's 6-7 with a 6.37 ERA in 13 starts this season, his first in the majors since 2004.
``Maybe it's a strain and it just needs rest. I don't know,'' Simontacchi said. ``We'll let Dr. Andrews see what's going on.''
In his last outing, July 15 against Florida, he allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. Four days later, the Nationals said Simontacchi would miss one start; and the day after that, he went on the DL.
``That last outing, he showed pretty good stuff out there, so I don't know if he accumulated what over the year, over the season,'' manager Manny Acta said. ``He didn't even think himself it was anything serious. But he wants to get a second opinion, and he's entitled to it.''

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