Less than a week has passed since Atlanta Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd was diagnosed with a fractured right elbow that, in all likelihood, will end his 2014 season. On Tuesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Floyd has a date scheduled for his impending corrective surgery.
#Braves RHP Gavin Floyd scheduled to undergo surgery for fractured pitching elbow Wednesday morning. Timetable to depend on how bone heals.
— David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) June 24, 2014
While the majority of reaction to Floyd’s injury was mild, some panicked as a result of the Braves being down to five starting pitching options. In the wake of that reaction, it is important to note that neither the team or Floyd have ruled out a return this season, and while it seems exceedingly unlikely that Atlanta would rush him back to the mound, the fact that it is a bone injury makes his status a bit unclear.
Alex Wood has been summoned from Gwinnett to assume Floyd’s role in the starting rotation beginning on Wednesday, but the fact that Floyd was cruising to a sub-3.00 ERA early in the season puts a significant amount of pressure on Wood. The Braves will be moving forward toward a run at the NL East crown, but with surgery on the docket, Gavin Floyd can begin to look to the future, and hopefully, a prosperous return.