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Red Sox reliever Atchison might need Tommy John surgery

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Boston Red Sox right-hander Scott Atchison has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and he could be facing Tommy John surgery.

Manager Bobby Valentine said Atchison would seek a second opinion before determining whether to undergo the operation.

Atchison has been out since July 14, originally due to right forearm tightness, and he suffered a setback during Friday rehab appearance for Class AAA Pawtucket.

He had been a valuable member of the Boston bullpen this year, going 2-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 37 appearances.

The news comes on the day the Red Sox dealt right-handed reliever Matt Albers, along with outfielder Scott Podsednik, to the Diamondbacks for left-handed reliever Craig Breslow.

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