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Eric O’Flaherty has torn ulnar collateral ligament in elbow, Tommy John surgery next?

May 18, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

Eric O'Flaherty AP AP

UPDATE: It looks like Eric O’Flaherty is facing the worst-case scenario, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that he was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. He’ll see Dr. James Andrews next week, but it would be a surprise if Tommy John surgery wasn’t the next step. The Braves’ bullpen suddenly looks quite vulnerable.

5:10 PM: The Braves’ bullpen took another hit this afternoon, as left-hander Eric O’Flaherty was placed on the disabled list with a strained left elbow. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but we should know more following an MRI.

As our own Drew Silva notes, O’Flaherty will join Jonny Venters, Jordan Walden, Luis Ayala and Cristhian Martinez on the disabled list. Venters is done for the season after Tommy John surgery while Walden was just placed on the disabled list yesterday. Meanwhile, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that neither Ayala nor Martinez are close to returning. Craig Kimbrel better invest in some bubble wrap and/or body armor.

Like Venters, O’Flaherty has been a trusted workhorse for the Braves for a few years now, posting a 1.95 ERA in 295 appearances dating back to 2009. Only Brad Ziegler, Carlos Marmol, and Luke Gregerson have appeared in more games in the same timespan.

The Braves have called up right-hander Cory Rasmus to replace O’Flaherty on the active roster. Colby’s brother has a 3.67 ERA over parts of seven seasons in the minors, including a 0.93 ERA and 21/9 K/BB ratio over 19 1/3 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett this season.

  1. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    We’ll alleviate some of your bullpen troubles:Joba for Justin Upton, straight up.

    • bobulated - May 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

      You can have BJ instead.

  2. randygnyc - May 18, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Bob- I’m flattered, but I’ll pass.

    • tuberippin - May 19, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      Better than Ichiro.

  3. alexo0 - May 18, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Dear Fredi: You lay in the bed you make.

  4. officialgame - May 18, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    A few years ago I posted that the talented young relievers on the Braves were being over worked to a point they would never see a good pay day in free agency which I got lambasted for by Brave fans. What happened guys?

  5. tuberippin - May 19, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    You know, I’ve said in previous posts about Jonny Venters that O’Flaherty was next in line based on his usage out of the bullpen…I just didn’t think it would happen a few days after Venters had his surgery.

    Knock on wood, Craig Kimbrel.

  6. daveitsgood - May 19, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    @officialgame -are all the braves fans that lambasted you living in your head? I have a hard time believing that there’s a braves fan out there that feels that Fredi didn’t over work the pen, especially in that first year. The biggest complaint beyond him being an idiot is that he can’t manage a pen and overworks his horses.

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