Braves Lose Another Pitcher To Injury Bug

Gavin Floyd's Season Appears To Be Over

Friday, June 20, 2014
Braves are expected to call up Alex Wood to replace Floyd.
Braves are expected to call up Alex Wood to replace Floyd.
- photo by Tim Evearitt

WASHINGTON -- Gavin Floyd was in the midst of completing a gem before suffering what appears to be a season-ending right elbow injury during the seventh inning of Thursday night's 3-0 win over the Nationals. As the Braves right-hander walked toward the clubhouse, he thought he might be dealing with scar tissue remaining from the Tommy John elbow surgery he underwent 13 months ago.

But disgust turned to shock when an X-ray exam performed at Nationals Park showed that Floyd actually suffered a fracture of the olecranon, the prominent bone of the elbow joint.


Floyd will fly to Atlanta on Friday to be further evaluated by Braves doctors. That meeting will give him a better understanding of when he might pitch again. But the 31-year-old, who returned from the Tommy John procedure in May, understands he's likely destined to go through a second straight winter of rehab.

With Floyd now out of the rotation, the Braves could opt to call up Alex Wood from Triple-A Gwinnett to start against the Astros next week. Or they could opt to use Monday's scheduled off-day as a way to keep Wood from starting until he's likely needed to start one end of a June 28 doubleheader in Philadelphia.

Nationals physicians told Floyd the ligament surgically repaired via the Tommy John surgery and his flexor tendon which was also surgically repaired in May 2012 both appeared structurally sound on Thursday night.

Floyd was simply dominant, as he limited the Nationals to two hits through the first six innings. None of the 13 curveballs he threw during this span were put in play.

The tone of the night changed when Floyd opened the seventh inning with a curveball that Jayson Werth drove down the left-field line foul. When the veteran right-hander let go of that curveball, he felt a pop and called for Braves head athletic trainer Jeff Porter to come to the mound.

Floyd suffered the injury while pitching in front of friends and family members who had made the short trek from his native Annapolis, Md. He had not felt any discomfort during any of the previous eight starts he had made since returning from Tommy John surgery.

--- Source: MLB.com


PREP SCHEDULE

(Please notify us of any schedule changes and times as well as game and match scores at news@chattanoogan.com) Softball: MONDAY, APRIL 23 Soddy Daisy at Baylor 5 p.m.  Notre Dame at Silverdale 5 p.m.   TUESDAY, APRIL 24 Tyner at Brainerd Sequatchie Co. at Notre Dame Howard at Hixson Red Bank at East Ridge Riverdale at Baylor ... (click for more)

4 Added To Georgia Northwestern Bobcat Hall of Fame

Two former players and two members of the Georgia Northwestern Bobcat athletic support staff were honored with the department's highest award as four new members were inducted into the Bobcat Hall of Fame. Former Gordon Central High School standout Ashley Farrell, former Gordon Lee High School player Andrew Johnson, along with Matt Gregory and Ken Stoker were inducted ... (click for more)

Robert Gillisse Was Pilot Killed In Plane Crash At Collegedale Airport

The pilot who was killed in a plane crash on the runway of the Collegedale Airport on Friday evening has been identified as Robert Gillisse, 62, of Ooltewah . Charles Swain, who is the director of the airport, said the plane was a total loss. It was a single-occupant plane. He said the plane was taking off when it crashed. He said Mr. Gillisse frequently had flown out of ... (click for more)

East Ridge To Build Open-Air Pavilion Near City Hall

East Ridge plans to construct an open-air pavilion that will include restrooms and a concession area near City Hall and the old McBrien School.  It will be part of a Town Center for East Ridge at the Tombras Avenue property. The city is also applying for a $500,000 grant to help convert Pioneer Park into a refurbished park with a splash pad. The firm of Hefferlin and ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)