The Atlanta Braves’ Gavin Floyd was feeling through the first six innings against the Washington Nationals Thursday evening. In his ninth start returning from Tommy John surgery, Floyd pitched six scoreless innings against the division rivals and also racked in six strikeouts.
Floyd was working his curveball all night and shutting down Nationals’ hitters left and right. In the top of the seventh inning, Floyd was forced to leave the game after his very first pitch of the inning. Apparently Floyd fractured his olecranon, which is the bony tip of the elbow.
Check out the terrible inflammation on Floyd’s elbow below, but be warned, it may not be for the feint of heart:
Gavin Floyd’s elbow pic.twitter.com/Tajqc1mRAW
— Jake Rogers (@TheRealJakeR) June 20, 2014
That sure looks awful, so we wish Floyd the best in his recovery. The Atlanta Braves have officially placed Floyd on the disabled list:
Gavin Floyd’s x-rays revealed a fracture of the olecranon. He will return to ATL for evaluation by Braves docs tomorrow. — Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 20, 2014
Floyd will be placed on the DL and a corresponding move will be announced tomorrow.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 20, 2014
“It was fine until that last pitch,” Floyd told ESPN.com. “I felt a pop. And it wasn’t painful, at least. I felt like I was getting better and better, so it’s definitely disappointing. Definitely not what I envisioned to happen. I haven’t had any pain since the surgery.”
Due to the fact that the injury is so rare, there is simply no timetable for Floyd’s return