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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A’s pitcher Drew Pomeranz breaks hand punching wooden chair after rough start

Pomeranz gave up seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in Oakland’s 14-8 loss, making his ERA jump up to 2.91. That’s not the worst part, though. Pomeranz fractured his hand in a fit of rage afterward.

It’s his non pitching hand.  Still, the A’s bought someone named Brad Mills from the Brewers to give them some depth.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: June 18, 2014 at 03:57 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, he did what now, injuries, punching inanimate objects

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   1. Kurt Posted: June 18, 2014 at 08:11 AM (#4729058)
If it really is Brad Mills who takes his spot in the rotation, that doesn't seem like a very good sign for Straily.
   2. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: June 18, 2014 at 08:30 AM (#4729063)
Robothal says the Athletics gave the Brewers $1 for Mills. 100 cents. Two rolls of pennies.

That really doesn't seem like a very good sign for Straily.
   3. JE (Jason) Posted: June 18, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4729064)
MLB needs to ban wooden chairs.
   4. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: June 18, 2014 at 08:56 AM (#4729081)
Well, this is not good. Is that $1 thing true? Because...Holy Toledo! Why can't the A's just rescue Brandon McCarthy from his Arizona nightmare? Then again, this is the A's, I'm sure Mills will pull a Rick Sutcliffe the rest of the season.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:19 AM (#4729101)
Man, are they really going to use Mills in the rotation? I thought he was just going to be AAA depth.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:22 AM (#4729103)
Well, this is not good. Is that $1 thing true?

Apparently Mills had an opt-out clause if any team was willing to put him on the 25-man roster. So, the Brewers had zero leverage.
   7. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:23 AM (#4729105)
Brad Mills is Beau's kid, I thought; been in the minors many years. Or is it a different Brad Mills?

Edit: Wow, I need to stop posting before coffee. Beau is Brad's kid, not the other way around, so yes, Virginia, it almost certainly is a different Brad Mills.

You have to give Pomeranz credit for having the presence of mind even during a temper tantrum to break his nonpitching hand.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:30 AM (#4729112)
Do the A's have any spare OF? The Red Sox could trade a SP for one.
   9. boteman Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:31 AM (#4729113)
Do Athletics' pitchers have a habit of injuring themselves by punching things? Or am I conflating their pitchers with Mets pitchers? So much self-loathing in MLB any more!
   10. Lassus Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:41 AM (#4729120)
Or am I conflating their pitchers with Mets pitchers?

Mets pitchers? We don't need to punch crap to break, we just generally fall apart without any help. But seriously, who was the last Mets pitcher to break a hand in anger?
   11. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:47 AM (#4729125)
Isn't one supposed to throw chairs rather than punch them?
   12. boteman Posted: June 18, 2014 at 09:59 AM (#4729136)
But seriously, who was the last Mets pitcher to break a hand in anger?

He didn't break his hand, but he tried to break his own face.

My memory is foggy like the Bay Area, but I vaguely recall an Oakland pitcher putting himself on the DL for punching his locker or some other relatively immovable object last year-ish.
   13. Kurt Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM (#4729138)
Do the A's have any spare OF? The Red Sox could trade a SP for one.


Josh Reddick should be off the DL soon!
   14. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4729147)
I could swear that Jerry Spradlin injured himself doing this. Or maybe Jerry Blevins. But I can find no evidence for either. Are there any other recent pitchers named Jerry?
   15. Danny Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4729156)
MLB needs to ban wooden chairs.

Thankfully, the A's were too cheap to replace the metal chair Frank Francisco gave away.
   16. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4729186)
Danny wins the thread.

In Deadspin parlance: +1 broken heckler nose
   17. jobu Posted: June 18, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4729192)
this is the A's, I'm sure Mills will pull a Rick Sutcliffe the rest of the season.


Mills's strikeout rate is way up the last two seasons, and his WHIP is way down. In 75 AAA innings, 51 hits, where he has tended to be a 1:1 H/IP guy. K/W ratio this year by far better than previous years. May be some lightning in a bottle here.
   18. villageidiom Posted: June 18, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4729252)
A’s pitcher Drew Pomeranz breaks hand punching wooden chair
He was planning to punch a partner, but he couldn't find one.
   19. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: June 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4729255)
May be some lightning in a bottle here.

Here's hoping. The A's FO has been pretty good at finding lighting the last couple of years.
   20. kthejoker Posted: June 18, 2014 at 12:40 PM (#4729359)
Here's hoping. The A's FO has been pretty good at finding lighting the last couple of years.


Interior decoration is the new market inefficiency.
   21. TerpNats Posted: June 18, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4729493)
This year's Ryan Mattheus.
   22. dr. scott Posted: June 18, 2014 at 02:18 PM (#4729517)
I was at this game. Oddly there was no announcement that Drew had broken his hand, or that another wooden chair had fallen in the line of duty at O.Co Coliseum.
   23. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: June 18, 2014 at 04:28 PM (#4729772)
Well at least he stayed away from the electric fan unlike John Tudor.
   24. Steve Treder Posted: June 18, 2014 at 06:11 PM (#4729942)
He was planning to punch a partner, but he couldn't find one.

FTW
   25. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 02:30 AM (#4730198)
Mets pitchers? We don't need to punch crap to break, we just generally fall apart without any help. But seriously, who was the last Mets pitcher to break a hand in anger?

I believe he is thinking of two other (non-Met) New York athletes:

- Yankee Kevin Brown broke his non-pitching hand punching a wall
- Knick Amar’e Stoudemire injured himself punching through a glass fire extinguisher case
   26. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 08:19 AM (#4730239)
This page lists several self-inflicted injuries, including:
Pat Zachry
The Mets' righthander was having an All-Star season in 1978 until his third start after the All-Star break. After allowing a hit to Pete Rose and getting lifted four batters later, Zachry angrily tried to kick a helmet in the dugout, missed and kicked a concrete step instead. He broke his foot.

and
Doyle Alexander
The Yankee righthander punched a wall in 1982 and broke his little finger. Even more misfortune befell Alexander when he offered to forfeit part of his salary. Yankees' owner George Steinbrenner accepted.
   27. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 19, 2014 at 08:55 AM (#4730249)
I believe Goose Gossage broke his had in 1979 punching Cliff Johnson.

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