Cleveland Indians reliever Nick Hagadone could be out longer than expected with today's revelation that he may have suffered a "serious injury" in his elbow during a rehab start Wednesday night. Pitching for the Class A Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Hagadone was pulled after only one out due to elbow pain.
Manager Terry Francona revealed the news to the media during team workouts in Cincinnati, where the Tribe are set to take on the Cincinnati Reds for their first series coming back from the All-Star break. According to Francona, Hagadone plans to seek a second opinion on the injury, but a timetable for his return is still yet unknown.
Francona: Hagadone getting 2nd opinion, but sustained what is believed to be serious injury in left elbow area. Timetable unknown.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) July 16, 2015
Prior to his injury, Hagadone pitched in 36 relief appearances for the Tribe in 2015 where he notched 28 strikeouts, walked 12 batters and allowed 3 home runs and 13 earned runs off 30 hits in 27.1 innings. His 4.28 ERA on the season had him on pace for the third-highest earned average of his five-year career. In his most recent outing for the Tribe, a July 6 appearances against the Houston Astros, Hagadone struck out 2 batters and allowed 1 earned run on one hit and a walk in a single inning of work.
The 29-year-old reliever was originally placed on the disabled list on July 8 with a lower back strain and was expected to begin working his way back to the major league roster with this rehab stint.
Hagadone had surgery on his left elbow (his throwing arm) in 2008 as a member of the Boston Red Sox organization, but there is not yet any indication the two injuries are related, as he has not had any trouble with the elbow since joining the Indians one year later in 2009.
Just the sound of "serious injury" and "elbow" sounds bad for a pitcher, but he is seeking out a second opinion so that could change things. We also still do not know exactly what the injury would be, or exactly how serious it would be, so there may not be a need to rule out Hagadone being fine and returning sometime this season.
I don't know, I'm trying to be optimistic here.