The other day, Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek was removed from a game after feeling a popping sensation in his elbow. Drabek said later that he wasn't in any pain and that he'd passed all his early strength tests, so he wasn't too worried about things. But it turns out when you feel a popping sensation in your elbow, something in your elbow is probably not quite right anymore. Drabek's elbow isn't quite right, and he's going to the disabled list.
Kyle Drabek has been placed on 15-day DL with UCL sprain in elbow; no word on when he will return.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 15, 2012
Taking Drabek's place on the roster is Brett Cecil, which comes as a very minor surprise. Between double-A and triple-A, Cecil has generated three strikeouts for every walk and posted a 3.47 ERA. In his major-league experience, Cecil has been worse than that.
For Drabek, a UCL sprain means UCL tearing. The UCL is the ligament that gets replaced in Tommy John surgery. At this point it would appear the tearing isn't so severe that surgery is required, but if Drabek does avoid the knife, he'll still probably need a somewhat lengthy rehab.