Update: The team announced that Gearrin suffered a right elbow sprain. We will update you when additional testing has been completed. Note: This is an eerily similar diagnosis (elbow versus forearm) to Kris Medlen’s before tests concluded that he needed Tommy John surgery.
RHP Cory Gearrin left today’s game at DET with a right elbow sprain. #Braves
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 25, 2014
The hits continue to come for the Atlanta Braves pitching staff, as right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin was forced to exit his outing against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday as a result of an undisclosed injury.
Gearrin exited with two outs in the fifth with an apparent injury. He had seemingly been in line to essentially earn a pen spot by default
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) March 25, 2014
It is beginning to reach the point of ridiculousness with Braves pitching injuries, and with the fact that Gearrin was virtually assured of an Opening Day spot after the latest demotions, this one hurts from his perspective. The 27-year-old right-hander is considered to be a right-handed specialist due to his unusual delivery, but Fredi Gonzalez has been willing to use him against both sides (much to our dismay) in the past, and there seems to be trust there.
Because of the undisclosed nature of the injury, it is too early to speculate, but it is certainly isn’t too early to send positive thoughts to Cory Gearrin in the hopes that the ailment isn’t a severe one. Stay tuned for the latest updates as they are made available with regard to his status.