Andrews confirms shoulder strain for Maholm

Andrews confirms shoulder strain for Maholm

PITTSBURGH -- Left-hander Paul Maholm had his diagnosis of a strained muscle in his left shoulder confirmed during an appointment with Dr. James Andrews on Monday, according to a tweet the pitcher sent out on Monday afternoon.

"Headed back to airport and back to the burgh," he tweeted. "Good visit with Dr. Andrews, looks like a strained muscle. Rest and let it heal. Should be good."

Maholm saw Andrews in Alabama on Monday morning for a second opinion on his injured left shoulder. Manager Clint Hurdle said he received a report from the meeting and did not see anything out of the ordinary.

"I don't think there was anything we did not expect to see," Hurdle said. "We'll get him back here and get a game plan of how we'll move forward with him."

Maholm was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain on Friday, retroactive to Thursday. He said on Saturday that the injury had plagued him in spots throughout his career, but has been more persistent in his past few starts.