Drew Smyly showed signs of excellence during the World Baseball Classic earlier this month, and the Mariners felt strongly about their rotation. With Smyly in the rotation, they felt like they could have something special. However, those feelings were quickly derailed by an elbow injury to Smyly.
Smyly was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left arm. Smyly is expected to miss up to eight weeks of the regular season. With the regular season less than a month away, this injury gives the Mariners plenty of things to think about as far as their rotation.
The Seattle Mariners do not think that Smyly will need to have surgery on his elbow, but he will look for a second and/or third opinion on his injury just to be sure. Smyly’s loss is certainly a big blow to the Mariners, especially since it is so close to the first day of the season.
At some point in our lives, we will all experience some type of pain or discomfort in our elbow. We are always using our arms, whether we are gripping, squeezing, pulling, or holding something in our hand. Elbow strains are very common; so are elbow sprains.
An elbow strain occurs when your flexor or extensor muscles have been stretched and torn. Many elbow injuries occur when your muscles have been overworked or if your elbow had some type of blunt force trauma. When you have an elbow strain, you will experience some spasms here and there, and if you press down on the forearm muscles, you may hear a sound as if something is cracking.
An elbow strain can also bring on the following symptoms:
- Pain when you bend your elbow
- Elbow bruising
- Swelling around the elbow
If you ever find yourself suffering from what you think may be an elbow strain, you should not just take pain medications and think the pain will go away. The tendon can eventually tear if you do not seek medical treatment in time. If the tendon tears, you may have to have surgery on your elbow.