Strider suffers damage to the collateral ligament in his elbow and will be evaluated in depth

Braves ace Spencer Strider has damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be evaluated further by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, the Braves announced Saturday.

After pitching four innings in the Braves’ 6-5 victory over the D-backs on Friday in 10 innings, Strider informed the club’s medical team that he had discomfort in his elbow. He underwent an MRI scan on Saturday morning.

Strider gave up five runs and seven hits in just four innings on Friday. He struck out four batters and walked three. It was just the eighth time in 54 starts that he completed four or fewer innings and the sixth time that he did not have at least five strikeouts as a starter.

Strider established himself as the master of the strikeout over the last two years, during which time he fanned 483 batters, the most in the Major Leagues. His 37.3% strikeout rate as a starter between 2022 and 2023 (minimum 200 innings) was much better than Shohei Ohtani, who ranks second in that stretch with a 32.4% rate.

Bat-dodging is Strider’s strong point, so after a dominant preseason and an efficient outing against Philadelphia on Opening Day, it was notable that the pitcher managed just 12 blank swings during his 88-pitch outing. It was the sixth-fewest blank swings he has had in an outing in which he has thrown at least 80 pitches.

Source: MLB

2024-04-07 08:28:27
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