Nationals' Reliever Erik Davis Placed On 60-Day DL

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The first casualty of Spring Training is apparently right-handed reliever Erik Davis, who was placed on the 60-Day DL with a right elbow sprain. The 27-year-old reliever made his MLB debut last season. He's expected to miss 6-8 weeks while recovering...

Right-handed reliever Erik Davis was placed on the 60-Day Disabled List this morning with what the Washington Nationals wrote on Twitter was a right elbow sprain:

Davis, 27, was acquired from the San Diego Padres in a March 2011 trade for infielder Alberto Gonzalez. The right-hander was (3-7) with 15 saves for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in 2013, posting a 3.10 ERA and a 3.28 FIP in 52 1/3 IP in which he walked 20 (3.40 BB/9) and K'd 54 (9.29 K/9).

Davis debuted in the majors on June 2nd last summer and threw a total of 8 2/3 IP for the Nationals, putting up a 3.12 ERA, a 0.62 FIP, a walk (1.04 BB/9) and 12 Ks (12.46 K/9) in a short stint working out of the Nats' bullpen in June and September.

According to reports from Viera, Florida today, where pitchers and catchers reported for the start of Spring Training, Davis experienced discomfort in his elbow upon starting his throwing program this winter.

As NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman wrote, when Davis threw for the first time this Spring yesterday, the pain returned and he was shut down. GM Mike Rizzo told reporters that Davis faces 6-8 weeks of recovery.

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