There are a number of reasons many people believe the designated hitter should be adopted by the National League, but one of them is the fact that pitchers can be very, very fragile people.
On Tuesday, New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz was forced to leave a game in which he was dominating after he injured the middle finger on his pitching hand. But it wasn’t one of the 42 pitches he threw that caused the discomfort — it was the embarrassing swinging strike he had in the top of the fourth when the bat flew out of his hands and toward the on-deck circle.
“I didn’t feel anything at first, I just went and got my bat, obviously it didn’t affect me,” Matz told reporters, via Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. “Then standing on second base started to throb out there. I threw a couple pitches and felt it. (Catcher) Devin (Mesoraco) kind of noticed and called them out there.”
Matz had allowed just one hit over three innings at the time he exited. With Noah Syndergaard having been placed on the disabled list earlier this week, an injury to another starter is the last thing the Mets need.
Believe it or not, we have seen some pretty significant injuries to players that were the result of nothing but a swing. Hopefully what Matz is dealing with is something closer to a strain.
It looks like we can add Carson Smith to the growing list of oddest baseball injuries.
The 28-year-old Boston Red Sox reliever was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a right shoulder subluxation. How did he hurt his shoulder? He injured it throwing his glove in the dugout after leaving the game on Monday after he surrendered a home run.
Smith called the injury a freak accident and believes the injury came up because his shoulder is fatigued.
““I think my shoulder’s tired in general, it’s just from pitching. I’ve thrown a lot lately and I think my arm was just tired,” Smith said, via NBC Boston’s Evan Drellich.
Smith has already gone through Tommy John surgery before, so he knows just how difficult the injury recovery process can be. Smith has 18 strikeouts in 14.1 innings this season. His outing against Oakland aside, Smith had been quite reliable recently, so this no doubt hurts the team.
Smith now has a spot on our list of all-time weird sports injuries.
Top Chicago White Sox prospect Jake Burger re-injured himself in thoroughly unfortunate fashion this week.
Sox GM Rick Hahn told reporters Wednesday that Burger re-tore his Achilles tendon while walking in his backyard, per NBC Sports Chicago’s Leila Rahimi.
The 22-year-old Burger, a third baseman who was drafted by the White Sox in the first round No. 11 overall in 2017, originally ruptured the Achilles (his left one) while running to first base during a spring training game in February. He underwent surgery days later and was ruled out for the entire 2018 season.
Now that he has suffered a re-tear, Burger’s availability for the 2019 campaign may be in serious jeopardy as well. Unfortunately, baseball players hurting themselves at home seems to be all too common of an occurrence these days.
Anthony Rizzo is on the disabled list for the first time in his career, and he thinks a hotel bed is to blame.
Rizzo is sidelined due to back tightness, and he thinks a bed from the Cincinnati hotel the Chicago Cubs stayed at for their second series of the season hurt him.
“I think the next time I go [to Cincinnati], I’ll sleep on the floor,” Rizzo said, via ESPN. “I just have to take care of myself better.”
Rizzo has had back issues in the past, but it usually happened later in the season.
“Usually it’s July, August, September,” Rizzo said. “You mentally grind through it, and as long as you can move, you can play. This is one of those things where we talked and I don’t want to be locked up for the entire year.
“Hopefully, we put a nip to it the next five days and don’t have to deal with it.”
Ideally, Rizzo will face a quick DL stint and be good to go for a while. He just needs to make sure he gets better hotel beds going forward.
The Kansas City Royals season is not off to a good start.
On the eve of Opening Day, Royals catcher Salvador Perez tore his MCL while carrying luggage, and is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks of action.
Perez isn’t the first ballplayer to suffer a strange off-field fall, and he surely won’t be the last. Still, it’s a strange one, and not particularly well-timed.
Perez played in 129 games last season, hitting .268 with 27 home runs. During their most successful years, he had been the team’s iron man, missing a total of just 55 games over the three-year period from 2014 through 2016. It seems he won’t be quite as durable this year.
Pittsburgh announced on Thursday that it has fired men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings. In hindsight, the deal could go down as the worst for a coach in school history.
The Panthers tried to negotiate a cheaper buyout with Stallings than the $9.4 million they owed him, but reports indicated as of Wednesday that Stallings was not willing to accept one. Assuming that remained the case when Pittsburgh fired him, Stallings would have made a whopping $500,000 for every game he won at Pitt.
How did that happen? Simply put, Stallings’ teams were not good. After he led the Panthers to a 16-17 record in his first season, they finished 8-24 this year and went 0-19 in conference play for just the second time in school history.
Buyouts have always been a big issue in college athletics, but paying a coach almost $10 million when he left your once promising program in shambles has to hurt.
It’s understandable if MLB players aren’t quite in the best shape yet in the month of February, but Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig brought that to a whole new level this week.
Puig was scratched from the team’s spring opener against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, and manager Dave Roberts revealed that it was because of a hip injury caused by Puig’s new shoes, per Andy McCullough of the LA Times.
The 27-year-old Puig is coming off a resurgent 2017 campaign where he hit .263 with 28 home runs, 74 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases, all three of which were career-highs. It sounds like he may have some work to do over the next several weeks to get back into that form physically though. But hey, those shoes can be dangerous — just ask this fellow National Leaguer.
We are three months into the NBA season and may now finally have a nominee for the strangest injury of the year.
The Boston Celtics announced on Friday that guard Marcus Smart suffered right hand lacerations from “a non-basketball incident” before Wednesday’s win over the Clippers in Los Angeles. The team adds that he is expected to miss approximately two weeks but has since returned to Boston.
Smart filled in some of the details himself on Twitter, offering an apology and saying that he hurt his hand punching a picture frame on the wall.
Smart, 23, is averaging 10.1 points and 4.7 assists per game this season. He sat out the Clippers game with the injury, and it may be worth noting that he committed a bad play to lose the game the night before against the LA Lakers.
The laceration was apparently serious enough to send Smart to the hospital, and now it looks like he will be sidelined until just before the All-Star break.
The Cincinnati Reds are stumbling their way through a 37-48 campaign that has them currently dead last in the NL Central, and now they have an unfortunate non-baseball injury to add to their list of woes.
MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon says Friday that Reds lefty Brandon Finnegan had surgery to repair a torn right labrum he suffered in a fall away from the field.
The 24-year-old Finnegan had gone 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA and 16 strikeouts in four starts for the Reds this season.
The Reds have certainly had some strange injury breaks in the last several months, and losing a quality young left-hander in an aging, righty-heavy, and otherwise awful rotation definitely won’t help matters any.
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The old adage of “bags don’t hit back” may no longer be true.
In an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday, New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief revealed that fellow tackle Terron Armstead tore his labrum while hitting a bag during individual drills.
Armstead, who was projected to start at left tackle for the Saints this season, was given this lengthy recovery timetable after suffering the injury earlier this week. The former Pro Bowler is a near-irreplaceable part of the New Orleans offensive line, and the way in which he was hurt will only sting all the more.