Colorado Rockies Closer Adam Ottavino Has Elbow Injury


Apr 12, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss (22) pulls relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) in the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Cubs defeated the Rockies 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies had closer Adam Ottavino undergo an MRI after placing him on the disabled list this week. Now, we know (some of) the results.

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After we wrote about Adam Ottavino’s apparent triceps inflammation and related MRI, we now know more about the Colorado Rockies’ closer and his arm injury, and, well, it’s not a best-case scenario.

According to Nick Groke of the Denver Post, Ottavino has an elbow injury that was revealed after the MRI, in addition to the triceps inflammation he had been dealing with this season.

From Groke:

"Adam Ottavino, the Rockies’ right-handed closer, will likely be out longer than expected, after an magnetic resonance imagine scan revealed an elbow injury in addition to a triceps injury.Ottavino, on Monday in Arizona, was placed on the Rockies’ disabled list with what the team called “triceps inflammation.” He underwent an MRI in Phoenix, and those results on Tuesday showed he also has elbow inflammation."

Obviously, “elbow inflammation” could mean a lot of things, some more serious than others. But, any time an elbow injury is even mentioned in the conversation, pitching coaches, managers, and those familiar with pitching at any level tense up at the thought of what might be happening.

As of now, Ottavino will be with the team, though soon he’ll know much more on the extent of the damage regarding his elbow:

"Ottavino will stay with the team through its road trip, which go through San Diego for three games starting Friday. Then Ottavino will return to Denver to speak with the team doctor, Thomas Noonan, who should give him a more precise diagnosis. The elbow inflammation was noticed only by the radiologist in Phoenix, Ottavino said."

So it seems like we will know more this weekend, perhaps, as well as (possibly) a timetable for not only what’s going on with Ottavino, but when the Rockies might expect him back.

It’s not a worst-case scenario yet, but as we mentioned in an earlier post, you’re still lying to yourself if you think this (unfortunately) isn’t a big deal.

As it stands, perhaps Jorge Rondon will be up for a while with the big club.

Get well soon, Adam!