The normal recovery time from Tommy John surgery is about a year.
Eric O'Flaherty not getting good vibes from doctors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty, who has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, said Sunday he hopes he will not need Tommy John surgery, but that he's not getting a good vibe from the doctors, according to MLB.com. O'Flaherty added he was not shocked to learn of the ligament tear since the elbow has occasionally bothered him since late last year.
Torn UCL for Eric O'Flaherty
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) The Braves announced Saturday that reliever Eric O'Flaherty has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, after receiving the results of an MRI exam.
O'Flaherty was placed on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day, and he is expected to visit Dr. James Andrews in the next few days.
Andrews is famous for performing Tommy John surgery on torn UCLs, though the team has not confirmed that the procedure will be necessary for O'Flaherty.
Eric O'Flaherty hits the disabled list
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday due to a left elbow strain.
O'Flaherty pitched in Friday's game against the Dodgers, allowing a solo home run, but it is not clear if the injury already was bothering him. He has a 2.50 ERA in 19 appearances.
The team called up pitcher Cory Rasmus from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his place in the rotation.
O'Flaherty makes spring debut
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/12/2013) Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty (groin) finally made his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday against the Cardinals. O'Flaherty pitched the sixth inning and gave up two hits but no runs. He struck out one batter to get his spring training off on the right foot.
O'Flaherty ready for spring games
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) MLB.com reports Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty, who has been sidelined by a groin injury, threw a five-minute bullpen session Sunday without any discomfort. He is expected to pitch in a spring game this week.
O'Flaherty easing into spring competition
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/26/2013) Atlanta reliever Eric O'Flaherty isn't injured at the moment but the Braves are still holding him out of Grapefruit League competition for the time being, reports MLB.com. O'Flaherty has a history with back issues and the Braves want to make sure nothing crops up this early in the spring. "He's fine," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're just going to be smart with him and use that extra week to make sure he does not get too ready. I'd rather him start a little later than start a little sooner and then back him off."
O'Flaherty gets new deal
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (1/19/2013) The Braves signed Eric O'Flaherty to a one-year contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration with the setup man. O'Flaherty's deal is worth $4.32 million and includes award bonuses.