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Nick Burdi receives promising diagnosis on frightening arm injury

Nick Burdi received some preliminary encouraging news on Tuesday concerning the arm injury he suffered during Monday night’s game, a positive development given how frightening it looked.

The Pittsburgh Pirates reliever collapsed on the mound and ultimately was left in tears after a pitch during the eighth inning of Monday’s 12-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Tuesday that Burdi, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2017, suffered a “strained biceps tendon and flexor mass.” Burdi will be sidelined indefinitely, but if a second examination reveals no further structural damage, surgery will not be necessary.

Players, coaches and managers for both teams were left emotional amid the gut-wrenching scene, and watching the incident play out makes such a response understandable.

Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove, however, has since indicated Burdi is in much better spirits after getting over the initial shock of the incident.

“He’s in good spirits. He’s engaging. He’s talking to us. He’s not in a corner, crying,” Musgrove said, via MLB.com. “He’s ready to face whatever it is. He’s got the work ethic and the mentality to bounce back from something like this.”

Burdi without question faces some recovery time, but given his past and the scene that played out Monday night, it seemingly could have been much, much worse.