Reyes leaves with elbow inflammation, Laffey injures side
You had to figure something was wrong with Anthony Reyes, who lasted just three innings in which he threw only 23 of his 59 pitches for strikes tonight.
The Indians just announced that Reyes left the game with right elbow inflammation. No further word yet on the severity of the injury, but obviously Reyes has a history of chronic elbow trouble.
POSTGAME UPDATE: No official word on the status of Reyes or Aaron Laffey, who left in the eighth inning with an injury to his right side — possibly the oblique muscle.
Both Reyes and Laffey will be evaluated Saturday to determine if they must go on the DL.
Given Reyes’ command and velocity issues this season, it’s reasonably safe to assume this elbow thing isn’t a new development. As for Laffey, the side injury is a new one.
If Reyes and/or Laffey do go on the DL, there aren’t a heck of a lot of promising options down on the farm. Jeremy Sowers (who has not been in Columbus for 10 days but would be eligible to come back in the event of an injury), Zach Jackson, tomo Ohka and Kirk Saarloos are options in Columbus. Hector Rondon is back in the Akron rotation, but I doubt the Indians would promote him so soon.
The starter issue won’t sprout up until the middle of next week. In the meantime, if the Indians need bullpen help, they have the option of bringing back Rafael Perez, who has tossed six scoreless innings for Columbus since his May 6 demotion. They could take a look at John Meloan, but his 6.75 ERA is a little scary.
We’ll know more tomorrow, as tends to be the case in life.