Steckenrider (elbow) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports. Elbow issues have kept Steckenrider out of action since early May. He appears to be on the right track in his recovery, though he's likely still some time away from returning to Miami.
Steckenrider will not require surgery on his inflamed right elbow, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports. A visit to Dr. James Andrews confirmed that Steckenrider avoided the worst-case scenario. He's still expected to miss an extended period of time, but it remains possible that he could return at some point this season. That point won't come any time soon, as he's currently on the 60-day injured list.
Steckenrider will visit Dr. James Andrews to receive a second opinion on his right elbow, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. It's never a good sign to see "Dr. James Andrews" and "elbow" in the same sentence, as it suggests the potential for Tommy John surgery. Whether or not such a procedure is necessary should become clear once Dr. Andrews' opinion has been made public. In any case, Steckenrider won't be returning any time soon, as he's been placed on the 60-day injured list.
Steckenrider was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to right elbow inflammation, Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald reports. It's unclear when the issue cropped up or how long it will keep Steckenrider sidelined at this point. According to Andre Fernandez of The Athletic, the right-hander is headed back to Miami to undergo further testing, after which a timetable for his return will hopefully come into focus. The move is retroactive to Monday, making Steckenrider eligible to return May 16, should he prove ready. In the meantime, look for a combination of Adam Conley, Nick Anderson and Tayron Guerrero to hold down primary setup duties while Steckenrider is on the mend. Jose Quijada was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans in a corresponding move.
Steckenrider walked one and struck out two in a scoreless eighth inning Wednesday to record his third hold of the season in a win over Cleveland. The right-hander has been erratic to begin the year, but Steckenrider may be finding his form, posting a 4.26 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 9:3 K:BB through 6.1 innings over his last seven appearances with all three of his holds. He's also been taken deep twice in that stretch, though, and until he becomes less vulnerable to the long ball, the 28-year-old will be a volatile fantasy option despite his strikeout upside.