View Full Version : Snell irritates elbow in loss to Jays

06-23-2008, 11:03 AM
Ian Snell said he felt the pain on about every pitch.

And so did the 22,983 at PNC Park on Sunday afternoon, as the Pirates dropped the series finale of a three-game set to the Blue Jays, 8-5.

The fiery and animated hurler of the Pirates' pitching staff surrendered four runs on eight hits in only four innings of work.

But that wasn't all the pain.

Pirates manager John Russell said after the game that Snell has irritation in his right elbow and will undergo an MRI test on Monday to see what is wrong with Pittsburgh's Opening Day starter.

"Hopefully, it's not anything major," Russell said. "He didn't feel right today. If there is a little irritation in there, we need to find out about it."

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06-23-2008, 03:08 PM
Ian Snell will have an MRI on his elbow on Monday after complaining of soreness following Sunday's game.

There was no indication that this was a problem prior to today's start. "We are going to run some tests tomorrow," manager John Russell said. "Hopefully it’s not anything major but we’ll get some tests run and go from there. He didn’t feel right today and he has a little irritation." The Pirates just lost Phil Dumatrait and have no adequate rotation depth, so it'd be a tough blow if Snell goes on the DL.


06-23-2008, 04:06 PM
Something's really wrong....He didn't look comfortable at all in Sunday's game...he was delievering his pitches really quickly and looked lackadasical at times out there....hopefully it's something minor that will just heal and it's not gonna cause him his season

06-23-2008, 04:41 PM
Yeah, this explains a lot of things about his last appearence. I hope that it isn't anything major though and that he can return to his original form soon.

06-24-2008, 03:02 PM
Ian Snell is not expected to need a trip to the disabled list due to the soreness in his right elbow.

An MRI on Monday showed no structural damage in his elbow, and Snell was diagnosed with "golfer's elbow." He's day-to-day for now, although the Pirates might decide to skip his Friday start. John Van Benschoten could be recalled to start in his place.


06-25-2008, 11:06 AM
Though MRI exams done on Phil Dumatrait and Ian Snell produced encouraging news on both fronts, it has done nothing to clarify the status of the Pirates rotation beyond Thursday.

One thing is for sure, however. If it were up to Snell, he'd have his spot in the rotation skipped this time around.

"I think I'm going to tell them maybe to give me some more time and let it heal a little bit more -- just be more careful with it," said Snell, whose MRI on Monday revealed medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer's elbow. "As the doctors said, it flared up and has been like that for a while. It is better to be cautious than to go out there."

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06-26-2008, 12:34 PM
Ian Snell (elbow) is expected to throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

Snell threw soft toss on Wednesday from 60 feet. If the bullpen session goes well he could pitch over the weekend. If not, John Van Benschoten will likely be called up for Saturday's game.


06-26-2008, 01:12 PM
Hopefully his bullpen session will go well. It is better to have him in the game rather than calling someone up, who likely will get hit hard. Still, we can't force Snell to pitch. And if he doesn't feel like he's ready, then let him sit this start out.

06-26-2008, 06:30 PM
Pirates placed RHP Ian Snell on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 24, with a strained right elbow.

His throwing session on Thursday either didn't go as well as hoped or was scrapped altogether. The move makes room for Denny Bautista on the roster, so T.J. Beam gets a brief reprieve. He'll most likely go when the Pirates call up Jimmy Barthmeier to start Friday. Barthmeier could then be sent down to make room for John Van Benschoten, who will start Saturday.


06-26-2008, 10:59 PM
Disappointing news. Hopefully he comes back healthy and does not need to stay out for more time after his 15 day stay on the DL is over with.

07-05-2008, 12:45 PM
Ian Snell (elbow strain) threw a pain-free session Friday at Miller Park.

Snell is on pace to come off the disabled list, and start, Tuesday against the Astros.