LHP DeVall, Braves top pick in 2008, shut down in Rome

Braves former supplemental first round draft pick Brett DeVall has been shut down with elbow discomfort in Rome and will travel to be examined by Dr. James Andrews.

DeVall, a left-hander taken 40th overall in 2008 out of Niceville, Fla., had problems with elbow soreness last season as well, making only 10 starts for Rome.

The Braves don’t know yet if his injury will require something as serious as “Tommy John” ligament transplant surgery. Braves director of player development Kurt Kemp said Tuesday that Andrews did exploratory arthroscopic surgery on DeVall last fall and recommended against “Tommy John” at the time.

“Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but he’s felt more discomfort the last week or so,” Kemp said.

DeVall, 20, will likely miss the rest of the season, with only three weeks remaining on Rome’s schedule. DeVall was 7-9 with a 4.39 ERA in 19 starts this season for Rome.

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August 17th, 2010
9:44 pm

Johnny Ballgame

August 17th, 2010
9:51 pm

Glaus is probably a fine human being and a darn good husband and father, but is abyssmal as a MLB hitter. Can September get here any faster? I just hope it’s not too late when Freddie is Freed.


August 17th, 2010
10:01 pm

No one cares Ernest…


August 17th, 2010
10:05 pm

Everybody hits but Glaus. $100 he makes an out…


August 17th, 2010
10:08 pm

I gave my son $100… I lost… Lightning struck !
Joe Rudi,Ray Fosse was on that A’s team I believe ?


August 17th, 2010
10:09 pm

Hey, you were right. Ankiel = Fire Marshall Bill !


August 17th, 2010
10:18 pm

sorry to hear this but something doesn’t seem right with him–he was lit up badly in a recent start

Milt Famey

August 17th, 2010
10:34 pm

How about Barbaro Cannizares for 1B. He’s batting .337, a RH bat and plays a decent 1B. His last 10 games for Gwinnett as DH he’s batted .452 and his OBP is .552 with 3 HR. He came up briefly last year. Neither he nor Freeman is on the 40 man roster , so neither one may get a Sept callup but I would like to see Cannizares get a shot to help out.


August 17th, 2010
11:03 pm

Milky Has hit 306 in the last 62 games….turns out a pretty good trade.


August 17th, 2010
11:16 pm

Melky has been on the bench while having performed very well since mid May while Ankiel was getting every start and hitting less than .200 since his arrival.

The only thing that I can think is that the Royals made us take Ankiel to get Farnsworth (maybe / maybe not). If they did, that still didn’t mean that we have to play him. I might play him defensively in the latter innings or use him as a pinch runner. Never as a pinch hitter against a left hander. Maybe a pinch hitter as a right hander.

Why do the Braves always think that somebody else’s player who has stats less favorable than one of our players is a player that we must have? As an everyday starter does anyone believe that Ankiel is a better choice than Melky?


August 17th, 2010
11:30 pm

Wow! This blog is about Brett DeVall being injured and not one of the comments here is about that. I hope his injury isn’t serious enough to require TJ surgery, but, in any case, I hope he recovers quickly.

Oh, and the Glaus bashing is becoming really pathetic. We would not be in first place without him and he’s doing the best he can. I’m encouraged that he seems to be hitting a little lately and hope that he soon gets back to form.

peter nincompoop

August 18th, 2010
12:19 am

Ha Ha! Firemarshall Bill – Let me tell ya somethin!


August 18th, 2010
1:01 am

Where is Tyler Stovall? He was the 2nd round pick for the Braves that year and I haven’t heard about him since.


August 18th, 2010
7:05 am

That’s rough, about DeVall–home start before last, he looked great, threw a complete game. Lefty pitcher, lots of potential if he can stay healthy.


August 18th, 2010
7:06 am

A recent Rome Brave lefty looked really good last nite, tho…


August 18th, 2010
8:12 am

Also, Stovall just has been added to Rome roster, taking DeVall’s spot

John in NY

August 18th, 2010
9:04 am

If DeVall is having discomfort, let him get Tommy John surgery. Fix it and heal. I haven’t seen his delivery but maybe he needs to change it.


August 18th, 2010
9:53 am

Hate to hear about DeVall he is a great guy he has become one of my favorites here in Rome.

Braves Fan Since "80

August 18th, 2010
10:29 am

Somethng pitchers hate to feel…… wish him well


August 18th, 2010
1:40 pm

Robdawg08, lol @ cameramen comment, I’ll think of ur comment everytime I watch a game and see that…

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August 18th, 2010
5:14 pm

we got him for losing Mahay as free agent , (part of teixeira deal.) so deal is slowly evaporating to nothing.
Marek and De Vall are left from that deal.
who needs Feliz and Andrus anyway according to genius Frank W


August 18th, 2010
6:33 pm

Don’t give up on DeVall yet rayk, he’ll be back better than ever. You can bet on that. He has a great work ethic and a desire to play in the bigs,


August 19th, 2010
6:31 pm

Brett visited with Dr. Andrews today and diagnosed his left elbow problem as an inflamation. He will rehab for the next 6 weeks at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze and will be re-examined then. Dr. Andrews stated that he would not probably need TJ surgery.

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