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UPDATE: Gavin Floyd diagnosed with fractured elbow

Jun 19, 2014, 10:28 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Awful news. Mark Bowman of MLB.com passes along word that Floyd suffered a fracture in his throwing elbow. The official diagnosis is a fractured olecranon. Really tough break for a guy who had a long rehab process after Tommy John surgery.

The good news for the Braves is that they’ll be able to move Alex Wood into the rotation, but their depth has taken a big hit tonight.

9:31 p.m. ET: The Braves announced that Floyd left the game with posterior swelling of his right elbow, which was evident to anyone who was watching. He has been taken for X-rays, so we should know more later.

9:21 p.m. ET: Troubling news for the Braves, as right-hander Gavin Floyd was forced to exit tonight’s start against the Nationals with an apparent arm injury.

Floyd was working on a shutout when he left the game after a pitch to Jayson Werth to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. No official announcement from the team yet, but it appeared to be an issue with his elbow. Of course, Floyd underwent Tommy John surgery in May of last year, so there’s legitimate reason for concern.

Floyd has pitched well since joining Atlanta’s rotation in early May, posting a 2.65 ERA and 45/13 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings over nine starts. The Braves sent Alex Wood to Triple-A earlier this week to get him stretched out for the rotation and there could be an opening if Floyd’s injury turns out to be serious.

  1. renaado - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    G’damnit…

  2. dondada10 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I wish I could unsee that. It looked like his elbow was going to pop.

    • renaado - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      All my hair just went up after seein that… I’ll not hope for the worse…

  3. randygnyc - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Dondado- I’m betting it did

  4. chc4 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Yeah that was gross.

  5. realgone2 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    He fractured the olecranon. straight to DL and someone will come up from AAA. probably Wood. It’s the same injury Zumaya had for the tigers. Not good.

  6. soundsofsuccess7 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Bad broken elbow took me to 3 surgeries and the end of my baseball career in high school. I can’t think of a worse injury for a baseball player out there, other than a pitcher taking a comebacker to the dome.

    Really hope Floyd can recover and get back to the pretty high level he is capable of pitching at.

  7. mazblast - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Here’s a good article on olecranon fractures–

    http://orthopedics.about.com/od/brokenbones/a/olecranon.htm

    Simple enough for this layman to understand. IF surgery is required, total healing time is estimated at 10-12 weeks, meaning Floyd’s season is probably done. The article doesn’t say what the typical healing time is if surgery isn’t necessary.

    One good thing is that this doesn’t appear to be related to his TJ surgery.

    • jcthree3303 - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      True but most ppl who are recovering from them aren’t pitchers. The torque their arms place on the elbow if he is rushed back its going to snap again.

    • 9foldmuse - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Considering this guy’s abilities the Braves should post-operatively enclose him in bubble wrap, shut him down till February, and pray.

  8. mazblast - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Here’s another simple-enough-for-me article–

    http://www.joint-pain-expert.net/olecranon-fracture.html

  9. baberuthslegs - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:06 AM

    The Braves’ announcers said they were getting Tweets requesting they stop showing the injury. It was pretty gruesome.

    • daveitsgood - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Really? It wasn’t that gruesome. I had the game up on MLB network and nobody had any idea what was going on since he was pretty non-nonchalant about it. He threw the pitch, walked around a little bit and called the trainer out. At most, any visual was a knob on his elbow like he got beaned. Tony Saunders and Dave Dravecky were gruesome. You head the crack while they were throwing and saw them drop immediately. It’s too bad for Floyd, he was having a pretty good come back so far. Hope he heals up and can continue playing.

  10. rbj1 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Second worst to Dave Dravecky.

  11. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I was flipping back and forth watching this game and the Phillies last night – Floyd looked incredible. Insane movement on his pitches. He really looked like he was back. Sad to see this news

  12. earpaniac - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Braves fans, imagine this happening to him for half a decade. Now you know what it was like watching him as a Sox fan. So promising, so frustrating.

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