The Pirates got good news today for both of their injured starters, Ian Snell and Phil Dumatrait, with tests at Allegheny General Hospital showing that neither will be out long.
Snell, who had elbow pain during his four-inning start yesterday, has what is called medial epicondylitis, commonly referred to as golfer's elbow. It is the simple over-use of an elbow muscle. The arthrogram revealed no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament, which is far more important to a pitcher.
He might miss one start. He had been scheduled to pitch Friday.
Dumatrait has bursitis in his rotator cuff, which means inflammation rather than structural damage. The plan is to have him return July 5, the first day he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.