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Floyd goes on DL with “similar” elbow muscle strain as last year
Gavin Floyd’s strained flexor muscle near the right elbow isn’t in the same location as the strain that disabled him last year. But it is close to it and will require at least as much time off (15 days or more) to treat.
“I don’t know the details. They just said when they looked at the MRI that the part I strained last year looked pretty normal,” he said Sunday. “That’s the positive. It’s just further back and it’s inflamed and aggravated.”
But the injury is a concern because it has reoccurred and because elbow issues always are a worry for pitchers.
“It looks like it will be at least two weeks,” manager Robin Ventura said.
“It’s baseball that makes these things happen,” he said of the elbow problem. “It’s an unnatural motion [to throw]. But it’s just part of the playing baseball.”
Floyd said he felt discomfort after making a pitch Saturday to Ben Zobrist in the third. He retired Zobrist on a ground ball but after throwing one pitch to Evan Longoria, catcher Tyler Flowers went to the mound.
“I was like `I’m going to try to pitch through it,’ I threw a couple more and it was just getting worse and stiffening,” he said. “I threw one pitch to Longoria and felt like I was babying it and started protecting myself. Tyler knew and came out to talk to me.
“It’s very disappointing,” he said of the recurring injury. “Any time you have something like this, it’s out of your control. You try to prevent these as much as possible with work and stretching, and when it happens there’s always that processing of things.
“It happens. Now you just have to put in the work to get back to health and get back out there.”