NEW YORK -- When Robert Carson felt a tug in his left elbow during Tuesday's game, he immediately thought the worst. Carson considered an untimely injury instantly undoing everything he accomplished in his rookie season.
"The first thing that came into my head was surgery," Carson said.
So Carson was beyond relieved when Wednesday's MRI revealed nothing more than a left triceps tendon strain. Carson is day to day and, although there is a strong chance he will not pitch again this season, the left-hander knows that things could have been far worse.
"It's a huge sigh of relief for me and for him," manager Terry Collins said. "I know he was extremely nervous and scared last night that this could have been a severe injury. It's not. It sounds great. Rest will be fine. So I know that the Carson household will be heading into a very good winter."
Along with Josh Edgin, Carson is a leading candidate to win a lefty specialist job in next year's Opening Day bullpen. After converting to relief work in Spring Training and thriving upon his promotion to Triple-A Buffalo, Carson settled into New York's bullpen for good in September. He submitted four consecutive scoreless outings prior to his injury.