The Atlanta Braves placed left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty
on the disabled list yesterday due to a strained elbow. David O’Brien of The
Atlanta Journal-Constitution later reported that O’Flaherty was dealing with a
UCL tear, an injury that usually requires Tommy John surgery.
#Braves don't have an appt. yet with Andrews, but figure it'll be next couple days. Team didn't say, but any UCL tear usually means surgery.
— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) May 18, 2013
This is another huge blow for the Braves, as their once
vaunted bullpen now looks like a potential weak link. Before O’Flaherty’s
injury was announced, Atlanta had already placed Jonny Venters, Jordan Walden,
Luis Ayala and Cristhian Martinez on the DL.
O’Flaherty has been a pivotal part of the Braves’ bullpen
over the past several seasons. He maintained a miniscule ERA and WHIP of 0.98
and 1.086 in 2011, and posted another impressive campaign last year (1.73 ERA,
1.151 WHIP). He was off to a good start this year prior to suffering his elbow
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