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redhawk61
08-05-2008, 05:04 PM
Dragons news
Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons announced the following roster move today:
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Lotzkar has been placed on the disabled list.
Lotzkar suffered a fracture of the right ulna (elbow bone) on Sunday at Quad Cities. He has made 10 starts this season and is 2-3 with a 3.58 earned run average.

From Lance McAlister's blog

OnBaseMachine
08-05-2008, 05:09 PM
I'm no expert on this, so how serious is this and how long does it usually take to heal?

Superdude
08-05-2008, 05:09 PM
Is that a good thing?

redhawk61
08-05-2008, 05:14 PM
reading up the ulna is the long bone that runs down your forearm on the pinky side. So being that Kyle felt the pain in the elbow I am guessing he fractured it near the elbow joint. I'm guessing its a stress fracture, and he will be ot the remainder of the year, since the yera it almost over anyway. But it isn;t something that needs surgery just rest, rehab, and forearm stregthening. Should be in full gear and ready to go next year.

princeton
08-05-2008, 05:17 PM
should go for a cancer screen

RedsManRick
08-05-2008, 05:35 PM
Not good news. I imagine he'll be out for 2 months or plus another few weeks of rehab. He could be ready for winter ball I'd think.

OnBaseMachine
08-05-2008, 05:38 PM
It's far from good news but it's better than I was expecting. There's only one month left in the minor league season anyway, plus this pretty much makes it a lock he'll be back in Dayton next season instead of getting pushed to Sarasota.

OnBaseMachine
08-05-2008, 05:40 PM
Reds’ Lotzkar Suffers Fractured Elbow

Posted Aug. 5, 2008 4:33 pm by Jim Shonerd
Filed under: Daily Dish, Training Room

Reds righthander Kyle Lotzkar, the organization’s 2007 supplemental first-round pick, has gone on the disabled list with a fractured elbow, which he suffered pitching for low Class A Dayton on Sunday when he had to come out during the third inning of a game in Quad Cities.

Lotzkar, 18, was the 53rd overall pick in last year’s draft after shooting up draft boards when he showed a mid-90s fastball, a 78-82 mph curveball and a potentially plus changeup. This year, Lotzkar didn’t join Dayton until mid-June, but his lively stuff was already showing through as he racked up 50 strikeouts and gave up only 29 hits in 37 2/3 innings over 10 starts in which he went 2-3, 3.58. He sometimes had trouble with his control, giving out 24 walks, but that was not unexpected coming from a young pitcher in his first full professional season.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/

bellhead
08-05-2008, 06:04 PM
OBM, 1/2 year more at Dayton then if he shows good an advancement to Florida right?

OnBaseMachine
08-05-2008, 06:26 PM
OBM, 1/2 year more at Dayton then if he shows good an advancement to Florida right?

Nah, I'd probably keep him in Dayton all season. He'll be 19 years old all of next season, no need to rush him IMO unless he totally dominates the league.

SMcGavin
08-05-2008, 08:23 PM
reading up the ulna is the long bone that runs down your forearm on the pinky side. So being that Kyle felt the pain in the elbow I am guessing he fractured it near the elbow joint..

At the elbow, the ulnar nerve runs right behind the ulna on the inside part of your arm. It's where you would call your "funny bone"... you whack it on something, it hurts. I can imagine a fracture up there would hurt a lot. Good that it's not a ligament injury though and hopefully Lotzkar is back to his normal self next year.

BuckeyeRedleg
08-05-2008, 09:39 PM
Ouch.

I feel for him. In 1994, I was trying to make a comeback as a pitcher in a college summer league down in Chillicothe. I was throwing good, but had experienced some pain deep in my bicep that week. I took a bunch of aspirin before the game and was throwing a shutout and feeling good in the 5th when my arm snapped (a la Dave Dravecki, John Smiley, etc.).

My arm flapped around my head like a wet noodle and the ball went over the backstop. I was throwing a slider.

Spiral oblique fracture of the humerus. Basically, my arm broke like a twig when you break it and twist it. My entire humerus was shattered, but get this, my othopedic specialist (Berasci) decided to set it and let the weight of gravity (the cast) set the bones back in place, sp no surgery.

It was very scary and the first thing I thought of was cancer as well, due to what had happened to Dravecki, but thank God it was just a freak accident. My arm had gone a few years without really bringing it off the mound and I had put on some muscle and tightened up a bit. So, when I started throwing hard again, without working up to it, my arm was going to break due to the pressure. My slider was a pretty violent pitch as well and I had once threw probably 50 of them in a 150+ pitch game in HS (11 innings) so my arm was probably just waiting to tell me "enough already, you idiot".

Anyway, all I have now is a lump where the bone fused together and my right shoulder sags a little below my left shoulder, but other than that, I am lucky to be back to normal and every once in a while push it trying to throw someone out at the plate in softball.

Mentally, it took me a few years to feel right throwing anything due to the severity of the experience as I came close to going into shock (I actually taught myself to throw left-handed). To this day I wish I could find the guy that talked to me as I waited for the ambulance. If he's reading this board, his name was "Wrench" and I'm pretty sure he was from Chillicothe.

camisadelgolf
08-05-2008, 11:48 PM
This might be the funniest thread title I've ever seen on RedsZone.

OnBaseMachine
08-06-2008, 01:02 AM
Second baseman Kevyn Feiner and pitchers Luis Montano and Henry Arias sat out the first of their three-game suspensions for their part in the July 24 brawl with Peoria, relief pitcher Jeff Jeffords was called up to Class AA Chattanooga for a spot assignment and starter Kyle Lotzkar is out — probably for the season — with a hairline fracture in his right (pitching) elbow.

http://www.daytondailynews.com/s/content/oh/story/sports/pro/ud/2008/08/06/ddn080608spdragons.html

Degenerate39
08-07-2008, 04:28 PM
Just looking at the thread title you'd think Lotzkar was Corey Patterson or Juan Castro.

redsof72
08-07-2008, 04:36 PM
Lotzkar compared the injury to one suffered by Tom Browning. He said he expected to be out six weeks and would be throwing some during instructional league.

OnBaseMachine
08-07-2008, 05:08 PM
Lotzkar compared the injury to one suffered by Tom Browning. He said he expected to be out six weeks and would be throwing some during instructional league.

That is excellent news. The news turned out to be a lot better than I expected when I first heard Lotzkar was injured.