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Eric O'Flaherty Has Torn UCL; Braves Bullpen Suddenly In Shambles

Surgery is likely for O'Flaherty once he meets with Dr. James Andrews in the coming week.

Brian Garfinkel

Just when the Braves' injury situation seemingly couldn't get any worse, the club announced Eric O'Flaherty has a tear in his UCL.

O'Flaherty has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, although Frank Wren said Saturday afternoon that a quick recovery is not expected. He will meet Dr. James Andrews this week, and it seems highly likely that reconstructive surgery will be needed. If that's the case, EOF would be out for the remainder of the year.

The news of O'Flaherty being lost for the season comes days after Jonny Venters was lost for the season with his second Tommy John Surgery in five years. Jordan Walden, who has dealt with injuries throughout his career, was also placed on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.

Cristhian Martinez has been out for more than a month with a right shoulder strain and is reportedly not close to returning. Recently acquired reliever Luis Ayala remains in the Minor Leagues as he adjusts to pitching on medication for an anxiety disorder.

To replace O'Flaherty, Atlanta called up Gwinnett closer Cory Rasmus. He posted great numbers in AAA, although he's unproven at the big league level. With so many relievers out, look for Cory Gearrin and Luis Avilan to handle most of the late-inning duties along with the suddenly-hittable Craig Kimbrel.

Wren also said on Saturday that the club would look outside the organization to help restock the bullpen. Make of that what you will.

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