In the midst of all of the talk about protecting a pitcher’s head from comebackers, it’s easy to forget that the rest of a pitcher’s body is in danger after he releases the ball.
In the Spring Training game against the Phillies, Miguel Gonzalez of the Orioles was drilled by a comebacker by Cameron Rupp in the shin. As trainers and staff came out to gauge his condition, Gonzalez rolled up his left pant leg and pointed to a growing welt on his shin, visible even from the faraway camera shot.
Gonzalez, who figures to be in the top of the Orioles’ rotation, left the game as a precaution. He was able to walk, and even looked like he was walking fairly normally, but as the announcers said, adrenaline can fool you into thinking you’re okay. Gonzalez gave way to knuckleballing minor-leaguer Eddie Gamboa.
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