The diagnosis on the injured left elbow that Roman Quinn suffered late last month is officially a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. Dr. James Andrews examined Quinn and decided that surgery to repair any damage wasn't necessary, but that the speedy outfielder will require 4-6 weeks before he can return to playing, according to a report by Meghan Montemurro of the News Journal.
The latest injury means that Quinn will have missed at least a month of playing time in each of five straight seasons, with injuries to his Achilles tendon, wrist, quad, oblique and now his elbow. Quinn also missed time late last season with a concussion. In the four previous seasons, Quinn had played in a total of 339 games in the minors. After recovering from the concussion last season, Quinn was added to the Phillies roster and made his major league debut last September 11th.
Had the injury required surgery, Quinn would have missed considerably more time. While there is no official timetable for Quinn's return, it's possible that he'll be back before the end of July.
Quinn injured the elbow sliding into third base on May 28th, and last week had taken batting practice, but reported still having pain in the elbow when he would swing left-handed. Quinn, a switch-hitter, told manager Dusty Wathan that he felt fine swinging right-handed. The Phillies brought both Quinn and pitcher Zach Eflin to Philadelphia for a look at their ailing elbows last week. Eflin was told to rest for about five days and then start a limited throwing program, while Quinn's injury was more severe and he sought a second opinion from Andrews. Eflin should be able to resume throwing this week.
In 45 games with Lehigh Valley this season, Quinn is batting 2-13-.274/.344/.389 with 10 stolen bases in 14 attempts.