SARASOTA, Fla.-- The X-ray on T.J. McFarland’s left elbow showed no damage, and according to manager Buck Showalter, he could return to action shortly, perhaps by the end of the week. He was removed from Sunday's game with elbow tenderness.
“Maybe. He wants to do it today. Maybe. That’s a possibility,” Showalter said.
“We’re upbeat about that. He feels good today…He should be able to get back in the max shortly. We feel good about that.”
McFarland, who’s in the hunt for the final bullpen spot, wouldn’t speculate on when he might return.
“I really don’t know a timetable just yet. It’s looking very, very promising,” McFarland said. “I know that I feel a lot better, and it’s gradually getting a lot better. It’s showing signs that I’m going to heal, and I’m going to be fine.”
He was glad he didn’t have to have an MRI.
“Whenever you’re dealing with something like that, and you get a test, and it comes back clean, it’s a huge rush that comes over you. Definitely relieved that there’s nothing seriously wrong,” McFarland said.
Ozzie Martinez, who collided with minor league infielder Garabez Rosa on Sunday, was checked for concussion symptoms, and found that he’s suffering from whiplash.
“It’s a ground ball in the middle, slow roller. I had to go get that ball. Nobody called that ball. That’s why we collided,” Martinez said.
“I was sore. I got hit in the head. I hit the ground hard, so that’s why I didn’t want to get up too quick. I stayed down for a little bit.”
Ryan Flaherty won’t play in Wednesday’s game in Clearwater against Philadelphia because he’ll be getting medical testing.
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