Crosby sidelined because of elbow soreness

Crosby sidelined because of elbow soreness

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The list of Tigers pitchers reveals one reliever on the 40-man roster who has not yet pitched in a game. Casey Crosby's conversion from starting prospect to lefty reliever is behind schedule while he works his way back from elbow discomfort.

Crosby said he felt the issue after his second bullpen session, then noticed it flare up while throwing to hitters last week. He was shut down while they underwent tests and put him on a medication program. An MRI exam revealed inflammation in his triceps, Crosby said, but no structural damage.

Crosby is throwing long toss from 120 feet at this point. He's scheduled to get back on the mound for a bullpen session on Sunday and then face hitters again before he can begin game action.

It's the latest setback for a hard-throwing lefty who was among their top prospects not too long ago. Crosby has dealt with several health issues over the years, including a procedure last season to remove bone chips from his elbow.

To him, though, the latest medical matter is too minor for him to get worked up.

"It's way too early to get frustrated," Crosby said.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.