Eveland struck on elbow; X-ray negative

July, 28, 2014
NEW YORK -- Dana Eveland dodged a bullet when X-rays of his left elbow were negative. Eveland was struck directly on the back of the elbow by a line drive off the bat of Ben Revere and was forced to depart in the ninth inning of the Mets' 7-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at Citi Field.

"It hit me pretty square in the elbow," Eveland said. "Luckily it was like straight on the bone. It hit me right on the tip of the elbow, which scared the crap out of me at first. But as soon as we got in, we took an X-ray. The doc took a look at it already and said it's negative, it looks clean. So hopefully it doesn't swell up on me too much and I'll be good to go in the next day or two.

"Anytime you get hit in your throwing arm, you're going to be nervous right way. But it's not the first time it's happened. It probably won't be the last. Hopefully next time I'll just make a better pitch."

Eveland said he was foolish. Entering with a six-run lead, he mostly relied on his modest fastball.

"I obviously paid for it, gave up a couple of hits, and they ended up having to use another reliever, which we didn't want to do today," he said. "And I'm probably going to have a bruise, so that's what I get for being stupid, I guess."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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