Atlanta Braves had a night to celebrate and sweat at the same time yesterday when pitcher Gavin Floyd suffered a right elbow fracture after throwing six scoreless innings in the Braves 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
The mixture of emotions was reflected by Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman who said the clubhouse was a strange place to be.
Speaking to MLB.com, Freeman said: “[Floyd] was pretty filthy tonight he was cruising. We had some runs on the board for him. I just feel so bad for him. He was probably pitching the best game of the year so far.”
Floyd was diagnosed with a fracture to his olecranon, a bone in the right elbow, by medical staff at the stadium after his first-pitch curveball in the seventh inning.
The pitcher had just returned from Tommy John surgery on May 6 and has flown to Atlanta to be evaluated by doctors.
The 31-year-old has had a solid start to the season after signing for the Braves from Chicago White Sox in the offseason. A 2-2 season record with a 2.65 ERA is Floyd’s best start to a season ever in the MLB.
It is not known for how long the injury will force Floyd out of this season but the Braves will be desperate to have their star pitcher back fit and healthy to continue their charge on the National League East division.
The Braves sit just half a game behind the Nationals at the top of the National League East division.
Atlanta broke the Washington resistance in the fourth innings with four consecutive one-out single hits. Freeman clipped the first followed by Evan Gattis, who clipped the second to extend his career-best hitting streak to 18 games.
Chris Johnson took the game to the Nationals after he smashed a fastball through the centre of the infield for a two-run single.
Johnson added an eighth-inning single that scored Freeman and saw the Braves home.