Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum got encouraging news from a Dallas specialist, indicating surgery isn’t necessary to heal from the torn ligament in his left elbow, a source said Tuesday morning. Batum suffered the injury in the first minute of a preseason exhibition Oct. 4 against the Detroit Pistons. A magnetic resonance imaging showed Batum suffered a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left (non-dominant) elbow. Batum flew to Dallas Monday to get a second opinion on the injury. While the Hornets are still exploring the best course of treatment, surgery appears not to be necessary. The Hornets have said Batum will miss a minimum of six to eight weeks. Batum said Friday he did not believe the injury was season-ending.