Adam Ottavino could be sidelined for longer than the Colorado Rockies initially expected when they placed him on the disabled list on Monday.
Ottavino on Tuesday underwent an MRI on his right elbow that showed inflammation in that area in addition to the triceps injury that landed him on the DL, according to Nick Groke of The Denver Post. It's unclear how long Ottavino will be out. The Rockies have placed John Axford in the closer role in his stead.
The club is optimistic that Ottavino won't need additional recovery time, manager Walt Weiss told MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom:
"Right now, nothing has changed on that front," Weiss said. "We were planning on having him down for 15 days, and we're still expecting him to be down for 15 days."
Of course, we've learned over the last few years that what the club says regarding injuries is often much different than what is actually the case. Elbow injuries tend to be scary and, as a result, can be responsible for their fair share of overreaction, but it feels like we've been down this road before.
Meanwhile, Ottavino himself was a bit somber before the postponement of the Rockies' series finale against the Giants last Sunday. Often talkative and upbeat, the 29-year-old right-hander was short and to the point.
"It's alright. A little tired and sore," Ottavino said when asked how his arm was feeling. "You know, early in the season -- gotta see what we want to do with it. It could be better."
Ottavino hasn't allowed a run while notching 13 strikeouts against just two walks in 10⅓ innings this season.