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Friday, June 20, 2014

Gavin Floyd suffers fracture in elbow

Floyd broke the olecranon—the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow—as he made the first pitch of the seventh inning, a curveball that Jayson Werth pulled foul, deep along the left-field line.

“In the big picture, I think he’s going to be OK,” Gonzalez said.

A similar injury ended the career of Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya in 2010.

“I mean like a really big picture.  It probably won’t kill him is what I’m saying.”

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 20, 2014 at 02:17 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Ziggy Posted: June 20, 2014 at 09:06 AM (#4731317)
I assume this means that Alex Wood goes back to Atlanta?
   2. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 20, 2014 at 09:15 AM (#4731321)
Did that specific injury end Zumaya's career? It got challenging to keep track of them as they went by.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 20, 2014 at 09:18 AM (#4731322)
"The doctors think they can save your arm. Where would you like it sent?"
   4. Bitter Mouse Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM (#4731360)
Did that specific injury end Zumaya's career?


I got the impression his arm just sort of fell apart, bones, muscle and shredded ligaments flying in all directions. It is possible I am wrong though.
   5. bigglou115 Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4731365)
I'm pretty sure the plan was to bring Wood up next week anyway to replace Harang. So the good news is he'll ready. The bad news is now nobody replaces Harang. With the assumed depth in the high minors not looking so good I wonder what the Braves will do. I wouldn't be shocked to see a minor trade for a back end starter.
   6. bigglou115 Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM (#4731369)
Also, horribly misleading on Zumaua. Yeah he broke the bone ending his 2010, but it was only a 4 month injury. That was enough to end his season, and then he hit FA in the off season and nobody wanted to take a chance. He actually signed a contract and played in the Twins system in 2012, but tore the UCL and he retired.

Comparing anyone to Zumaya is stupid. He missed time from everything to TJ to a hurt shoulder moving boxes, high speed pitches or no, I suspect Zumaya was just born fragile. I'd much rather Floyd have this that another TJ, seems his odds are much better. He'll probably be no more use to Atlanta, but at least he still has a shot to keep pitching at some point.

What was weird was Will Carrol on twitter proclaiming he didn't see anything wrong when showed the picture, Floyd basically had 2 elbows.
   7. AROM Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM (#4731372)
He missed time from everything to TJ to a hurt shoulder moving boxes, high speed pitches or no, I suspect Zumaya was just born fragile.


Don't forget Guitar Hero.
   8. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: June 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM (#4731377)
Summary for what I found on Rotoworld:

Zumaya suffered the same injury as Floyd in late June 2010 and required surgery, which caused him to miss the rest of that season. He was expected to return 100% the following season and the Tigers avoided arbitration with a $1.4M contract in January 2011 (he earned $915k in 2010).

In early spring training 2011, he experienced severe pain and got an MRI, but Andrews found no structural damage in the MRI and rest was prescribed for "inflammation." He started the 2011 season on the 15 day DL and two days into starting his throwing program in April 2011, he experienced "discomfort." He was transferred to the 60 day DL a week later and met with Andrews again, who prescribed additional rehab for an injury without a specific diagnosis. A week or so later, they performed season-ending exploratory surgery. He wouldn't throw again until October 2011.

In January 2012, the Twins signed him to a $800k with incentives (only $400k due if cut during spring training). In late February, he suffered a torn UCL and underwent Tommy John the following month, at which point the Twins release him. He hoped to return.

The next entry is dated February 7, 2014 about him decided to retire.

So yeah, I don't think it's accurate to attribute Zumaya's decline to this specific injury. Although it was the start of the end.
   9. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: June 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4731455)
It's a damned shame, because he was throwing the best game of his season last night. His curve was unhittable. But everyone can add him to the list of dead men along with Medlen, Beachy, and Venters. Lottery tickets rarely pay out the megamillions. They got nine solid starts out of him.

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