Thomas has fluid buildup around left elbow

Thomas has fluid buildup around left elbow

DETROIT -- Brad Thomas said on Monday that an MRI exam showed no structural damage in his left elbow. The Tigers medical staff diagnosed his injury as a buildup of fluid around the elbow, not necessarily bursitis.

That inflammation, Thomas said, caused his elbow to lock up when he tried to throw on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Thomas said medical officials recommended allowing the elbow to drain on its own, rather than forcing it. He'll need a few days, anyway, to allow the swelling to reduce from the dye injection he received for the MRI.

Once that happens, Thomas doesn't expect to need much time throwing to get back up to game speed. Still, add up the time, and it appears unlikely he'll be ready to come off the disabled list when he's eligible on Thursday.