Cincinnati Red pitcher Tom Browning won’t need surgery on his broken left arm.
Browning’s arm broke as he threw a pitch Monday night in a 3-2 victory in San Diego. He was examined in Cincinnati by Dr. Scott Jolson, who decided the break would heal without surgery.
The Reds say it’s possible Browning could pitch again late in the season if the arm heals quickly.
The injury leaves Browning with an uncertain future, even if he completely recovers. Browning, 34, is in the final year of a four-year, $11.9-million contract that contains an option year for 1995.
The left-hander would have automatically gotten another year at $3.5 million if he pitched in 200 innings this season or the Reds traded him. Instead, the Reds can buy out the option year for $583,333.
Third baseman Scott Livingstone, stuck behind Travis Fryman with the Detroit Tigers, was traded to the San Diego Padres for right-handed reliever Gene Harris. . . . Reliever Gregg Olson will begin a rehabilitation assignment this weekend at Atlanta’s triple-A farm club in Richmond.