Brett Myers injury: Indians shut down RHP with strained elbow

Jason Miller

The Indians have shut Brett Myers down after an MRI revealed a tear in his elbow.

The Cleveland Indians recently placed right-handed starting pitcher Brett Myers on the 15-day disabled list due to a right forearm injury. However, the team has since announced that Myers is dealing with a strained ligament in his throwing elbow, and they'll shut him down for at least two weeks, according to Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer.

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Myers underwent an MRI exam yesterday which revealed tendinitis and a mild strain or tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He'll be shut down for two weeks and then reevaluated.

Anything dealing with a pitcher's elbow is concerning, as there is the possibility of significant surgery that could require an extended absence. Another concerning sign for Myers is that he's been showing decreased velocity to start the new season.

Prior to hitting the DL, Myers had been getting rocked this season. Over four appearances -- including three starts -- the 32-year-old maintained an ERA of 8.02. He allowed 29 hits -- 10 of which were home runs -- over 21 1/3 innings.

Myers signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Indians over the offseason. The veteran owns a career ERA of 4.25 over 12 seasons in the majors.

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