The Atlanta Braves have had a pretty horrid time keeping their bullpen healthy this season, and it just got worse. Eric O'Flaherty has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and is likely going to have Tommy John surgery, ajc.com reports.
O'Flaherty was placed on the disabled list Saturday after complaining of elbow pain following Friday's game. O'Flaherty pitched one inning in Friday's win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and gave up a homer. He will visit Dr. James Andrews, though the appointment hasn't been officially set.
“We don’t know (if he’ll have surgery),” Frank Wren said. “Until we take the next step, we’ll wait and see….Obviously you’re hoping that it’s just a sprain and a short DL stint, and you can come back fairly quickly. But it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case.”
The Braves have already lost Jonny Venters to Tommy John surgery this season and have Cristhian Martinez and Jordan Walden on the DL as well.
To fill O'Flaherty's spot, Atlanta called up Cory Rasmus from Triple-A Gwinnett. Rasmus was perfect in seven save opportunities and has a 0.93 ERA in 19 appearances.
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