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Mets pitcher Dana Eveland received cortisone injection in elbow

The veteran reliever received a cortisone injection for his elbow in hopes of avoiding a prolonged absence.

Jim McIsaac

Dana Eveland will miss at least today's game because of elbow ailments that prompted him to get a cortisone injection. ESPN NewYork reported that the 30-year-old reliever will return on Friday night at the earliest.

Apparently the injection is already helping Eveland.

A pleasant surprise in New York's bullpen, Eveland has notched a 3.09 ERA in 23.1 innings along with 21 strikeouts and five walks. He's not just a left-handed specialist, either, as right-handed opponents are hitting a paltry .196/.260/.348 against him. His impressive performance is particularly striking considering his 5.32 career ERA and poor strikeout and walk rates.