On a day where the Nationals checked off a major need by acquiring backup catcher Jose Lobaton, the team also received some bad news as right-handed pitcher Erik Davis has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow strain.
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According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Davis felt soreness in the elbow when he started throwing upon arriving to the team’s spring training complex in Viera. As Kilgore writes, the right-hander had also complained about elbow soreness in early January, and despite not throwing for four weeks, the pain never subsided.
Davis, 27, made his major league debut with the Nationals last year, posting a 3.12 ERA with 12 strikeouts 8 2/3 innings. Davis was expected to start the season with Triple-A Syracuse, but instead he will be shut down for six to eight weeks. As of right now, no surgery is planned for the young right-hander.
While it’s never good news when one of your most promising young prospects gets injured, there’s no rush for Davis to get back into action as the team already has a surplus of capable right-handed relievers. Hopefully Davis can help out the Nationals at the big league level sometime this season. But for now, the important thing is for him to get healthy.