Stites gets good news after second MRI exam

Stites gets good news after second MRI exam

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A second MRI exam of D-backs reliever Matt Stites' right elbow once again showed that there was no ligament damage, the club said on Friday.

The right-hander, who has yet to appear in Cactus League play, was bothered by a sore elbow when camp opened and an initial MRI exam showed only inflammation.

Stites resumed throwing a couple of weeks ago and had been making steady progress, but his elbow "locked up" on Saturday after he threw a session of live batting practice.

The team had him undergo a second MRI on Thursday.

"What we heard is it looked good," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "They said this one was even cleaner. The MRI looked very clean, so they're going to figure out a plan of attack."

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