The highly touted young star was diagnosed with a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his throwing elbow in March, shutting him down for nearly two months. He had recently began playing the outfield again during a rehab stint, but discomfort in the same elbow forced a shut down and suggestions of Tommy John surgery were being whispered.
Thankfully though, an MRI conducted this morning revealed no structural damage, which avoids any significant setback.
Still, it’s going to be a few more weeks at minimum for Eaton to return as Steve Gilbert says doctors suggest he go throw a multi-week throwing program:
#Dbacks announce that Adam Eaton’s MRI did not show structural damage, just irritation. 2-3 weeks of strengthening then throwing program.
Consider it a major bullet dodged for both Eaton and the Diamondbacks who were potentially facing a season ending injury and one that most likely would have lingered into next season as well.
Eaton, who appeared in 22 games for the Diamondbacks last season, was expected to be their leadoff hitter prior to the injury. He ranked as the 73rd best prospect in the Major League’s prior to the 2013 season.