Updates from Thursday, June 26
.@Braves RHP Gavin Floyd underwent successful surgery yesterday to repair a fractured olecranon in right elbow. He’ll miss the rest of 2014.— MLB (@MLB) June 26, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, June 24
Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the latest on Floyd's condition:
Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday morning for a fractured right elbow, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Floyd will miss a significant amount of time in his recovery, possibly the rest of the season, but a timetable has not been laid out, given the unusual nature of this kind of injury, and will depend on how rapidly his bone heals.
Updates from Friday, June 20
The Braves made things official for Floyd on Friday:
RHP Gavin Floyd (fractured elbow) has been placed on the 15-day DL and LHP Ryan Buchter (#60) has been recalled from Gwinnett.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 20, 2014
MLB.com's Mark Bowman has an update on the Braves roster:
Alex Wood will start in Floyd's place on Wednesday. This allows the #Braves to give the other starters an extra day of rest— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) June 20, 2014
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Gavin Floyd left Thursday's start with a noticeably ugly elbow injury, and the subsequent X-rays have brought bad news.
According to the team's official Twitter feed, the 31-year-old suffered a fractured elbow:
Gavin Floyd's x-rays revealed a fracture of the olecranon. He will return to ATL for evaluation by Braves docs tomorrow.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 20, 2014
The injury is in the same elbow that Floyd recently had repaired with Tommy John surgery, but Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told The Associated Press, via ESPN.com, the injuries aren't related.
Still, the outlook isn't encouraging. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports drew a parallel to Joel Zumaya, whose career was ended by the injury, while Bleacher Report's Will Carroll doesn't expect to see Floyd back this season:
Gavin Floyd with a fractured olecranon. Last pitcher I remember fracturing that bone, the little tip of the elbow, was Joel Zumaya. Rough.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 20, 2014
Zumaya fractured his olecranon June 28, 2010. He missed the rest of the season. Gavin Floyd's injury could be different, but a precedent.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 20, 2014
Gavin Floyd fractured his elbow. Likely done for the year.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) June 20, 2014
It's a brutal blow for both the Braves and Floyd, who had been pitching so well.
After tossing six scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals before suffering the injury, Floyd's ERA and WHIP sat at 2.65 and 1.25, respectively, after nine starts.
"I felt 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 since the surgery."
Despite how good he's been, the Braves should be able to tread water. They are just 0.5 games behind the Nats in a crowded NL East and fortunately boast impressive depth in the starting rotation, even after losing both Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery.
Julio Teheran, Aaron Harang, Ervin Santana and Mike Minor make up a strong quartet, while Alex Wood should take Floyd's spot in the rotation.