The Washington Times - May 15, 2011, 06:28PM

Todd Coffey’s outing Sunday seemed to last as long as his 13.3-second sprint from the bullpen.

Florida’s Emilio Bonifacio lined Coffey’s fourth pitch off his right arm just above the elbow. Coffey’s first concern was recording an out — Bonifacio reached base — rather than wondering if his pitching arm was broken.


Coffey left the game and X-rays were negative. Three rounds of ice after the game couldn’t remove the baseball’s stitches imprinted on his arm.

“You can see the full horseshoe,” said Coffey, who showed off the mark to teammates.

It’s too early to tell if the injury will land Coffey on the 15-day disabled list for the second time this season. But he felt fortunate the ball wasn’t inch or two lower, something he believed would’ve fractured his elbow.

“It sucks,” Coffey said. “Even more because I didn’t get the job done.”

In one other injury-related item, manager Jim Riggleman said after the game shortstop Ian Desmond will play Monday after sitting out two games with a strained left quad.