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Davis placed on 60-day DL with sprained elbow

Feb 13, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

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VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals placed reliever Erik Davis on the 60-day disabled list Thursday with a sprained right elbow, a move necessitated in part by the club’s four-player trade with the Rays.

Two of the four players the Nationals acquired from Tampa Bay (catcher Jose Lobaton and left-hander Felipe Rivero) are now on the club’s 40-man roster. Nate Karns, the lone player dealt to the Rays, had been on the Nats’ 40-man roster. Thus, another move was required to clear a spot, and Davis became the victim due to lingering pain in his throwing elbow that has been noted for several months.

Davis told team officials this winter he was hurting after beginning his offseason throwing regimen. According to general manager Mike Rizzo, the 27-year-old right-hander flew to Washington last month to be examined by team doctors. When Davis reported to camp and threw for the first time, he again experienced the elbow pain, so doctors are shutting him down. Rizzo said he faces 6-to-8 weeks of recovery. Surgery, while a possibility later on, is not planned for now.

“We felt that the prudent thing to do was just to be to put him on the 60-day DL,” Rizzo said. “Allow him to take his time, because it’s probably going to be 6-to-8 weeks before he gets rolling anyway.”

Acquired from the Padres in 2011 for infielder Alberto Gonzalez, Davis made his major-league debut last season, posting a 3.12 ERA with 12 strikeouts and only one walk in 10 appearances with the Nationals. He faced long odds to make the Opening Day roster but figured to be part of the club’s bullpen at some point this year.

  1. Eugene in Oregon - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Fair enough.

  2. scnatsfan - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Rest him now, have him ready late in the season. Makes sense to me. Unfortunately its probably 50/50 (it seems) once he starts up again that he will need surgery.

  3. realdealnats - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Mark,

    You say two of the four players the Nats received for Karns. Do you mean two of the three? Or was there a fourth included in this deal?

    • Chazz - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      I think Mark must have mis-spoken/mis-typed. This was a four-player deal, Lobaton, Rivera, and Vettleson for Karns, according to everything I’ve seen.

  4. Theophilus T.S. - Feb 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I’m sorry Davis is hurt. Nothing good is likely to come from this scenario. On the other hand I don’t think he was going to have any impact on the Nats this year. One would have to imagine several injuries/disappointments/implosions before he would have pitched meaningful innings. What irked me about Johnson is they would call up somebody from Syracuse (Cedeno, a couple of times) and never use them, and send them back down a few days later, as if the sole purpose was to be sure the weight was distributed evenly on the bullpen bench. I hope Williams is different: everyone in the bullpen deserves a day off now and then.

    • Section 222 - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      +1 on this. Remember Severino? He came up about four times before he saw an inning of work.

      One good thing about Davey’s A and B bullpen idea, which he never really implemented, was that the whole bullpen was expected to pitch regularly and in high leverage situations. I really think that’s ideal, but you need relievers who can carry that load.

  5. David Proctor - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Soriano’s in the house so we can put down the pitchforks.

    • Section 222 - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

      Yes, but he was late! :-)

      Never let the facts get in the way of the pre-established narrative.

  6. NatsLady - Feb 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    BTW, Jayson is no longer on this list.

    http://grantland.com/features/mlb-worst-contracts-alex-rodriguez-albert-pujols/

    • ArVAFan - Feb 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      1. But Soriano made the bottom of the “dishonorable mention” list.
      2. The Braves figure prominently on that list. Awww.

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