Boyd (elbow strain) will see orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Meister for an evaluation, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Considering Meister just performed Tommy John surgery on Tigers catcher Jake Rogers, this is a concerning development. It seems highly unlikely that Boyd will pitch again this season and it's possible he won't pitch again until the 2023 season.
Boyd was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left elbow strain. Given the timing of the injury, this may mean the end of Boyd's season. He dealt with elbow soreness from mid-June to late-August and was scratched from Friday's start. Tyler Alexander replaced him in the rotation.
Boyd was scratched from Friday's start against the Rays because of the same recurring elbow soreness that sidelined him from mid-June to late August, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The southpaw will be further examined by Detroit's medical staff to figure out the severity of the issue, but given that the same injury put Boyd on the shelf for over two months already this season, it wouldn't be at all surprising if he doesn't return in 2021. Per Evan Woodbery of MLive.com, he will be placed on the injured list, though the transaction has not been made official at this point. Tyler Alexander draws the start in his place Friday.
Boyd is no longer starting Friday's game against the Rays for an undisclosed reason, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. Tyler Alexander will start in his place. The reason for the change isn't known at this point, but the Tigers should provide an update on Boyd's status prior to first pitch.
Boyd (3-8) allowed five earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six across four innings, taking the loss to the Reds on Saturday. Boyd gave up all five of his runs in the third inning. He allowed five hits in the inning, capped off by an Aristides Aquino three-run homer. Boyd has hurled four-inning losses in both of his starts since returning from the 60-day injured list with a triceps injury. The 30-year-old has a 3.89 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 67 strikeouts in 78.2 innings this season.
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