Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton will be out for up to two months because of a sprained left elbow.
Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers said Friday that Eaton had an MRI that revealed a small tear in the fibers around the ulnar collateral ligament. Eaton had been bothered by a sore elbow for a couple of weeks and the Diamondbacks had recently given him a couple of days off.
Towers said Eaton, expected to be Arizona’s starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, will be shut down for four weeks and the best-case scenario for his return would be in six weeks, but could be as long as two months.
Eaton played 22 games for the Diamondbacks late last season before he was hit by a pitch and broke his right hand.
Eaton sent a message via Twitter thanking his supporters.
“You know that I will work my butt off to get back in there,” he wrote. “It will be sooner than later.”
Eaton said that he visited team doctor Michael Lee 1½ weeks ago and, when his discomfort persisted, he underwent an MRI as a precaution, only to discover the problem was worse than he expected.
Padres’ Kelly needs surgery
San Diego Padres right-hander Casey Kelly needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the upcoming season.
Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes said Kelly would have elbow ligament replacement surgery on his pitching arm during the first week of April.
Kelly is expected to miss 12 to 18 months while undergoing rehabilitation after the procedure.
Mets to put Santana on DL
The New York Mets say they plan to put pitcher Johan Santana on the disabled list for the start of the season.
Mets manager Terry Collins announced the team’s intention.
Santana hasn’t pitched in a spring training game this year and hasn’t thrown a bullpen session since March 3.
Twins’ Diamond still out
The Minnesota Twins put left-hander Scott Diamond on the 15-day disabled list as he continues his recovery from arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow.
Diamond is projected as one of the team’s top starters this season after going 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA last year.
Nats sign veteran Romero
The Washington Nationals signed left-handed reliever J.C. Romero to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Romero, 36, is expected to travel with the team to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for today’s spring game against the Mets.