O’Flaherty unavailable for several days with sore elbow

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field with your Braves report.

Eric O’Flaherty will not be available for several days as the Braves attempt to keep the left-handed reliever off the disabled list with a sore elbow. O’Flaherty, who was unavailable Tuesday, could be ready by the weekend with rest.

O’Flaherty said he began experiencing soreness, tightness and stiffness in his elbow “two or three days” ago.

“It’s nothing major,” O’Flaherty said. “We are just trying to make sure it doesn’t turn into anything right now. It’s precautionary. … It doesn’t want to move too good.”

The Braves re-called right-hander Anthony Varvaro to help the bullpen in O’Flaherty’s absence.

“We feel if we can get [O’Flaherty] through these next couple games, he’ll be fine,” Gonzalez said. “Our training staff is telling us if we can get him through these next couple days, he’ll be fine. You hate to DL him and then we go to New York (for another inter-league series against the Yankees June 16-20), with all those left-handers and all those switch-hitters you want to hit right-handed, with one lefty. We’ll bring in a fresh arm with a day off [Thursday] and alleviate the pressure on [O’Flaherty] and on us to DL him.”

O’Flaherty did some light throwing Wednesday and will do so again Thursday. The plan is for him to throw a bullpen session on Friday and access the situation. The best-case scenario would be that he could pitch Friday or more likely Saturday. O’Flaherty said a Sunday or Monday return would be his worst-case scenario.

“The last few days of not throwing it’s calmed down a lot,” O’Flaherty said. “It feels better.”

6 comments Add your comment

Ralph

June 13th, 2012
5:49 pm

What difference does it make, we are going to lose tonight and the next two series anyway, if it ain’t the pitching it will be the lack of hitting.

Floyd

June 13th, 2012
6:07 pm

There you go Ralph, thats why we keep you around your a positive thinker.

Whiskey River

June 13th, 2012
6:13 pm

Ralph is right. Pitching don’t fail. Hitting don’t fail. Management will. 0 and 10

Tampa Gator

June 13th, 2012
6:17 pm

I think it has to be Venters with the problem elbow. Last year, he would throw it towards the middle of the plate and it would dive left or right. Now, his pitches just sit there or they just dive into the dirt. Gonzalez, I think, ruined him last year by pitching him in almost every game.

John

June 14th, 2012
1:38 pm

I don’t like being a pessimist…but howmany times have we heard about a pitcher with elbow discomfort…a few days to rest…it’s nothing major…then Tommy John surgery. Almost a right of passage for the Braves anymore. 2-1 odds he’ll require surgery before the season is out…

74bravesjersey

June 15th, 2012
11:59 am

Everything rises & falls on leadership!

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