MLB: Gavin Floyd headed to DL with elbow fracture

12:51 a.m. EDT June 20, 2014   In just his ninth start back from being shut down for Tommy John surgery last season, Atlanta Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd left Thursday's game against the Washington Nationals with a fractured right elbow.

Floyd pitched six scoreless innings before throwing one pitch to Jayson Werth. After the pitch, Floyd flagged the manager to come to the mound.

During the game, it was announced that Floyd had posterior swelling in his right elbow. But postgame, Gonzalez said Floyd fractured the olecranon bone in his right arm. Floyd will fly back to Atlanta to meet with Braves doctors Friday to find out more.

"I feel like I was getting better and better, so it's definitely disappointing," Floyd said. "Definitely not what I envisioned to happen. I haven't had any pain ever since the surgery ever coming back. So it was one of the things that the surgery felt good. The doctors even looked at that and said they felt like the surgery, the Tommy John, the flexor, everything was good even after."

Floyd was in the middle of his best start yet this season when the injury occurred. He completed six shutout innings, striking out six and giving up just two hits and one walk. Floyd said he felt a pop on the pitch he threw to Werth in the seventh, just his 64th of the game.

"I thought it was scar tissue or something," Floyd said. "It just wasn't painful. It was just kind of surprising, and I knew when something pops, something was releasing."

Floyd had Tommy John surgery last May, and May 6 this season was his first game back. He came into Thursday's game with a 2.98 ERA in eight starts, striking out 39 in 48.1 innings. He had a 1-2 record over that span.

"That's how tough this pitching gig is on the body, on the elbows and on the arms," Gonzalez said. "So we'll see what the doctor says here in the next couple days."

There's no timetable on a possible return for Floyd yet, but Gonzalez said he thinks he'll have him back at some point next season.

Gonzalez was impressed by Floyd's performance and his command through Thursday's start. Floyd's injury adds to a long list of pitchers out for the Braves. Kris Medlen, Cory Gearrin and Brandon Beachy are all out for the year after Tommy John surgery.

Jonny Venters is recovering from Tommy John surgery last May and could make a return this summer. David Carpenter is out with a strained right biceps and could be back in July. Pedro Beato is out with right elbow soreness and his return is to be determined.

"Everybody goes through it. Every organization goes through it, goes through some injury bugs," Gonzalez said. "And somebody will step up. We went through it last year with [Tim Hudson], and so somebody will step up."

Floyd is from Annapolis, Maryland and said he had several members in attendance at Thursday's game. The Braves went on to win 3-0, as Floyd picked up his second win of the season and cut the Nationals' National League East lead to a half a game.


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