All things considered, 2016 was a season to forget for Eric O'Flaherty. After acquiring him in a trade from the Pirates less than a week before Opening Day, the Braves hoped that the veteran lefty would regain the form he once showed as a top reliever for the Braves from 2010 to 2013. Needless to say, the script did not play out as desired. O'Flaherty struggled from the get-go and battled various injuries (strained knee, elbow neuritis) before being shut down in August. He finished the year with a 6.91 ERA (4.33 FIP) and 22:11 K:BB. At 32 years old and coming off an injury-shortened season, it is unlikely he will provide much fantasy value in even the deepest of leagues.
O'Flaherty, who underwent a surgical procedure to alleviate elbow tension in the offseason, has thrown three scoreless innings so far in spring. This is good news for O'Flaherty, who was plagued by multiple injuries during the 2016 season, leading to an unimpressive 6.91 ERA across 28.2 innings before being shut down. The 31-year-old likely won't make much of an impact in 2017.
O'Flaherty signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Tuesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. O'Flaherty posted a 6.91 ERA (4.33 FIP) over 28.2 innings of relief with the Braves in 2016 before he was ultimately shut down with elbow neuritis. He underwent surgery in early September and is expected to start throwing next week. At 31 years old and coming off of an injury-plagued season, it seems unlikely that the lefty reliever will provide much of a big league impact in 2017.
O'Flaherty (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. Considering he last pitched on Aug. 17, he will be unable to return this season. The elbow neuritis that originally sidelined him could impact his offseason training, and it remains to be seen if he will be ready to go for spring training.
The Braves placed O'Flaherty on the 15-day disabled list Friday with left elbow neuritis. O'Flaherty was able to pitch three times this week, but he apparently picked up the elbow injury somewhere along the way. It remains to be seen how long he will be out, but if it turns out he is dealing with more than just soreness, the Braves could opt to shut him down for the season.
O'Flaherty surrendered two runs (both earned) on two hits, a hit-by-pitch and two walks over an inning of relief in Saturday's 9-5 loss to the Phillies. In five appearances since returning from the DL on July 15 with a knee injury, O'Flaherty has posted a 8.78 ERA over 4.1 innings of work. There was a four-year stretch (2010-2014) when O'Flaherty was considered one of the top left-handed relievers in the game, posting a 1.91 ERA across 192.3 innings, but those days appear to be far behind the 31-year-old.