Tampa Bay Rays RHP Kyle Farnsworth said an MRI of his elbow showed only a strain and he is confident he will be back to pitch this season after an still-to-be determined amount of rest.
"We'll just have to give it some time to calm down,'' he said.
The Rays have not said how long they expect him to be out, or how he will be replaced, though Josh Lueke is expected to be called up.
Farnsworth said it is a similar problem to what he had last September, in that he feels discomfort only occasionally, and when he is trying to finish pitches. He said the issue is with the flexor pronator and not the ligament. "Sometimes I would feel it and sometimes I wouldn't so it was just more aggravating than anything trying to figure out what it is,'' he said. "I guess this is the better outcome than in could have been.''
Though relieved it wasn't worse news, Farnsworth said missing any amount of time is still disappointing. "It definitely is; I feel like I let the team down,'' he said. "The goal is to get up to steam, hopefully sooner than later.''
Also, CF B.J. Upton continues to feel better, but Maddon said he likely would need a week-long minor-legues rehab assignment before rejoining the team. He could return by the end of the April 10-19 roadtrip to Detroit, Boston and Toronto. "There's no sense in really going crazy about it,'' Maddon said.