PHOENIX -- A day after taking a line drive off his pitching elbow, Mike Pelfrey sported nothing more than a small bruise on the joint. He fully expects to make his next start.
"No pain," he said. "It's great. It feels good."
Lobbying to stay in Saturday's game after Gerardo Parra's line drive struck him on the right elbow, Pelfrey lost his argument and departed in the fifth inning. Though Terry Collins was initially unsure if Pelfrey would be able to make his next start, a positive Sunday report changed the manager's opinion.
"Physically, he's fine," Collins said. "He's just sore."
With eight starts to go, Pelfrey still has a chance to record double-digit victories for the fourth consecutive season, as well as log 200 innings for the third time in four years. He is 6-9 with a 4.53 ERA so far this summer, after finishing 15-9 with a 3.66 mark in 2010.