…and I’m one of you (I just can’t bring myself to give up; I’m probably even going to make the trip this weekend to watch the team), read this and try not to get too depressed:

It turned out that Reds closer Eddie Guardado’s sore left forearm was more than just a nagging tendinitis injury.

Much more.

Guardado was diagnosed on Wednesday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, which will end his season. The tear was revealed when the pitcher underwent a saline-enhanced MRI test, during which colored dye was injected into his arm.

Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek delivered the bad news to Guardado at his office on Wednesday morning.

“Just when he came in, his body language wasn’t looking too good,” Guardado said. “He told me and showed me the MRI. You could see the tear. He was saying some other stuff to me, but I was lost after that.”

The Reds moved Guardado from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL and called up veteran pitcher Jason Johnson to take his roster spot.

(Sigh.)

One Response

  1. Ken

    This is a problem beyond this season. He’ll be having Tommy John surgery, with rehab taking up to a year.