Reliever Nick Burdi exited Monday’s game in the eighth inning, clutching his right arm that was in obvious pain.
The injury came just after he threw a 96.7-mph fastball to Arizona’s Jarrod Dyson that made him bend over in pain while grabbing his elbow with his left hand. Burdi immediately fell to his knees as he rolled over and collapsed in tears on the mound.
It is never a good sign when a pitcher drops down to the ground in obvious pain, especially when it’s a pitcher who has dealt with Tommy john surgery in the past.
“It’s really quiet right now around the whole clubhouse,” Musgrove said. “Everyone in here saw how hard he worked over the last year and a half, how committed he was to his program in Spring Training and being a professional and making sure he was getting the treatment and work he needed every day. And to see him come out and start the season the way he has, it’s heartbreaking to see him have to go through it.