Elbow soreness prompts Nats to put Davis on DL

Elbow soreness prompts Nats to put Davis on DL

VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals have placed right-hander Erik Davis on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain, the team announced on Thursday.

Davis has had problems with his elbow since he started his throwing program earlier this winter. He told the team about the pain, then went in January to Washington, where it was ruled that he has soreness. The sensation has persisted since Davis reported to Spring Training.

"We felt that the prudent thing to do was to put him on the 60-day disabled list, allowing him to take his time, because it's probably going to be six to eight weeks before he gets rolling anyway," Nats general manager Mike Rizzo said.

For now, Davis is not expected to require elbow surgery.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.