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Three More Big Name Starting Pitches hit IL Due to Elbow Issues

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The talk of Major League Baseball the past few days have been how there have been so many injuries, especially with starting pitchers. Unfortunately, there have been a ton of pitchers going down with major injuries the past few days at an alarming rate. Pitchers have been going on the IL, getting MRI's, and even a few who have been injured so bad that their season is over.


Just yesterday, three new pitchers have hit the IL due to elbow soreness/inflamanation in their elbow. Those three pitchers are Astros SP Framber Valdez, Red Sox SP Nick Pivetta, and finally Nationals SP Josiah Gray.


 

Astros SP Framber Valdez's injury:

The Houston Astros placed Framber Valdez on the 15-day injured list due to left elbow inflammation. According to multiple reports.


Framber Valdez is without question the ace of the Astros. He was off to such a great start this season. In 2 games pitched and 12.1 IP, Valdez had an 0-0 record, 2.19 ERA, 10 strikeouts, and a 1.38 WHIP.

 

Red Sox SP Nick Pivetta's injury:

The Boston Red Sox placed Nick Pivetta on the 15-day injured list due to a right elbow flexor strain. According to a team announcement.


Nick Pivetta was off to a fabulous start to the 2024 season. Pivetta has turned himself into a very solid pitcher over the last few years, and he's really shown that this year. In 2 games pitched and 11.0 IP, Pivetta has a 1-1 record, 0.82 ERA, 13 strikeouts, and a 0.82 WHIP.

 

Nationals SP Josiah Gray's injury:

The Washington Nationals placed Josiah Gray on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow/forearm flexor strain. According to Bob Nighetengale of USA Today.


Josiah Gray's 2024 season has been off to a rough start, although that could very well be because of him dealing with injuries this year. Besides the start of this year, Gray has solidified himself as an ace for the Nationals. Especially last year, where Gray posted a 3.91 ERA in 30 starts.

 

There obviously has to be a reason a ton of pitchers are getting injured as of late. It could be the rule changes such as the pitch clock, or it can be a lot of different reasons. Either way, the MLB and MLBPA has to come up with a solution to stop all these pitchers from getting seriously injured, it's tough for the game of baseball.

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