SEATTLE -- Reliever Shawn Kelley was supposed to have his second career Tommy John surgery on his ailing right elbow when he visited the clinic of noted Los Angeles orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Aug. 31.
He went under from the anesthesia, woke up and ...
"I was looking around and I couldn't find any other incisions from them taking another graft," Kelley said from the Mariners' clubhouse on Thursday. "I was just kind of still out of it, and I was like, 'What happened?' [Yocum] was like, 'Hey, the ligament was in good shape. We just needed to do a couple of things and reattach it and clean it up in there, and that's what we did.'
"They used the [ulnar collateral ligament] that was in there, and they kind of shaved down the part that was fraying off the bone and kind of reattached it to the old holes from the original Tommy John. They said it was a relatively new procedure that they had never done."
Kelley said since then, he's been doing range-of-motion and grip strength exercises plus working out his legs, running and doing standard cardiovascular conditioning. He hopes to be ready for Spring Training.
And he's a bit of a medical pioneer, as it turns out. When asked if the doctors had a name for the previously untested procedure, he laughed.
"Hopefully Shawn Kelley surgery," he said.
Branyan, Lopez unlikely to return this season
SEATTLE -- The big Mariners news on Thursday was that Felix Hernandez wouldn't play again in 2010, but the same can probably be said for third baseman Jose Lopez and first baseman Russell Branyan.
Lopez, who dislocated the middle finger on his right hand while trying to field a ground ball on Tuesday night, was still sore on Thursday, although he told interim manager Daren Brown that he might be able to fulfill the designated-hitter duties against the A's on Saturday or Sunday, the final two games of the year.
"I think that might be a little optimistic on his part," Brown said. "We'll see how he feels. He won't take [batting practice] today. He's still wearing the splint. It's black and blue. Playing the field won't happen. I will give him the benefit of the doubt, if he feels good about playing DH Saturday or Sunday, we'll see how he feels tomorrow."
As for Branyan, who has been out for more than a week with a sore lower back, Brown said the slugger would see a doctor Thursday evening and that, like with Lopez, the chance of having the players aggravate the injuries is probably not worth the potential benefits they would add to the final games of a disappointing season.
"He's feeling better," Brown said of Branyan, who has had back issues throughout his career. "With his history, I know the question is, 'Will he play?' We only have four games left. We'll see what the doctor says. But this late in the year, unless something dramatic happens, he hasn't seen live pitching in a while, it becomes the same risk-reward type thing. What's the risk, what's the reward?
"I know there's a lot of guys on the lineup card," Brown added, "but not a lot of guys available."
Pineda with Mariners despite being shut down
SEATTLE -- Top pitching prospect Michael Pineda might have been shut down for the season in August to control his workload, but he's getting the big league experience in Safeco Field for the season-ending series.
The Mariners invited Pineda, the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2010 and a good bet to be in the Major League rotation next spring, to be a part of the team as a reward for his season and to give him a taste of life in the Majors.
Pineda, who is 21, stands 6-foot-5 and touches the high 90s with an explosive fastball, went 11-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 25 starts spread over Double-A and Triple-A.
"He's a very valuable arm and a guy that's important to the organization," interim manager Daren Brown said. "He's shown what he can do at several different levels this year. I'm sure the fans will get to see him pitch up here soon."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.