All Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd can do for now is wait to see if and when he will be able to pitch again.
Floyd on Wednesday had season-ending surgery to repair a fractured olecranon, the curvy end of the ulna bone at the tip of his elbow. He suffered the injury while throwing a curveball against the Nationals in Washington on June 21.
Floyd said he’s scheduled to visit with Dr. David Altchek on July 24. That’s when he could learn more about the prognosis for his injury, which is rare among major-league pitchers.
“We’ve got to let it heal first,” Floyd said in the Braves clubhouse before the team opened a series against the Mets on Monday. “That’s the thing: Everybody heals differently. Take the pictures and see how it’s healing and I will have a time frame after that.”
Floyd, 31, is just 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery. He was pitching a two-hit shutout through six innings against the Nationals when he was hurt.
The Braves signed Floyd to a one-year contract last December. In nine starts this season, Floyd was 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 54 1/3 innings.
“Knowing everything has been building up and every start is getting better, I definitely feel I was getting in a groove,” Floyd said. “It was disappointing and unexpected. But I am thankful it’s not the Tommy John. It is the bone, and it will heal.”
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