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Madison Bumgarner injury: ‘Horrible news’ for Giants as X-rays reveal fractured left hand

Bum hand.

The Giants’ hopes of a major bounce-back this season have taken a major blow in the past few days, specifically to the rotation. Earlier this week, we learned No. 3 starter Jeff Samardzija will begin the season on the disabled list due to a strained pec muscle. That news was nothing compared to this: Madison Bumgarner has a fractured left hand.

The ace lefty was hit by a line drive off the bat of Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield in spring action Friday and immediately exited the game.  ... Further, it’s a displaced fracture and Bumgarner will need pins in his hand for four weeks.  ...An educated guess says [he’ll be out] at least two months, [perhaps] until the All-Star break.

Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 24, 2018 at 03:14 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. A triple short of the cycle Posted: March 24, 2018 at 04:09 PM (#5642673)
Probably should have tried to catch it with the glove hand.
   2. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: March 24, 2018 at 04:13 PM (#5642675)
Probably should have tried to catch it with the glove hand.


One assume you have never toed the rubber and had something come back at you that fast.
   3. The Duke Posted: March 24, 2018 at 05:02 PM (#5642688)
Giants will be selling off hard shortly and become another tanker. Marlins are going to be given a run for their money this year. Race to the bottom will be more interesting than race to top
   4. , Posted: March 24, 2018 at 05:14 PM (#5642691)
Yeah, that wasn't trying to catch the ball, that was reflexively defending himself. Which he did. That ball striking his chest, as it might have had it not hit his hand, could have been a lot worse.

I had three balls come back at me that, afterward, really scared me. One I caught, by instinct. It probably was the least hard hit of the three. One glanced off my shin and I couldn't walk without a limp for a couple of weeks. The third zipped by my ear. I didn't even come close to reacting to it. If it had been at my face, I'd have been nailed.

I saw two pitchers knocked unconscious. One was off my bat and it was sickening. I took a couple of steps toward and him and my coach yelled at me to go to first, which I did. The ball wound up in the third base dugout. The second was a teammate and the ball wound up in the first base seats. He wasn't coherent for the rest of the day.

Line drives at pitchers scare the hell out of me.
   5. Man o' Schwar Posted: March 24, 2018 at 06:16 PM (#5642697)
Yeah, that wasn't trying to catch the ball, that was reflexively defending himself.

I had a line drive come right at my face. I got my glove up and the ball hit the side of the glove hard enough to drive it back into my face and break my glasses.

That was enough of that.
   6. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 24, 2018 at 07:48 PM (#5642718)
Terrible news for Bumgarner. I don’t have any particular interest in the Giants but I always want to see the best players healthy and able to perform for their fans.

Since we’re relaying anecdotes I always thought it was a fun bit of irony that despite many rounds in a boxing ring as well as a fair bit of time practicing other combat sports, the worst shot I ever took to the face was from a hot grounder to third that bad-hopped me and cracked me right between the eyes. In a few seconds my face was streaming with blood. Baseball can come at ya fast.
   7. Adam Starblind Posted: March 24, 2018 at 08:45 PM (#5642726)
Ever read A Prayer for Owen Meany? I worry a lot about I (or more likely a member of my family) getting beaned in the stands.
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 24, 2018 at 09:40 PM (#5642734)
I know my Irving, but I’m more worried about having my wiener bitten off in the backseat of a Buick.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: March 24, 2018 at 10:59 PM (#5642741)
I told someone who asked me how this happened, I said he was skinning a lion. He bought it and I'm pretty sure tried to tell others.

I had a similar experience as YR in #6, though I was at SS. ####### sandlot.
   10. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 25, 2018 at 01:33 AM (#5642753)
That is just freakishly bad luck. If the ball is hit glove side, low, at his head, wide to the left, just about anywhere else the result is different(and better). Since it's right at the chest he's just kind of thrown the left hand up there for protection and got one on the hand.

I imagine most of us mere mortals would not have got the hand there in time and taken that on the chest and maybe had a cracked rib or 3 or one nasty bruise to deal with. Ironically those results probably would've been better for Bumgarner.

As for baseball injuries, though in most cases the LL fields of SoCal in the early 70's were pretty good, playing the hot corner saw 2 broken noses a few black eyes and some other knocks around the shoulders and arms over the 7 years playing there. I wasn't a great glove but was pretty fearless back in the day having suffered through numerous broken bones from motorX riding and skateboarding, so I think the coaches figured I was the only one game enough to stand 60 feet away whilst one of those "kids who had a 5 o'clock shadow by the age of 12" ripped liners towards 3B.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 25, 2018 at 12:40 PM (#5642785)
As for baseball injuries, though in most cases the LL fields of SoCal in the early 70's were pretty good, playing the hot corner saw 2 broken noses a few black eyes and some other knocks around the shoulders and arms over the 7 years playing there.

I broke my nose in high school at 1b like that. Screamer one hops on a crappy IF, goes off the top of my glove into my nose.

I've also been hit in the face with a baseball bat, hit in the leg with a golf ball off a 3 Wood, and hit in the knees by a thrown golf club.

That's why I never took up archery.
   12. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: March 25, 2018 at 12:58 PM (#5642787)

I've also been hit in the face with a baseball bat, hit in the leg with a golf ball off a 3 Wood, and hit in the knees by a thrown golf club.
Maybe you should be nicer to people...
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 25, 2018 at 01:14 PM (#5642792)
I had a similar experience as YR in #6, though I was at SS. ####### sandlot.

High school diamonds BITD were notoriously bad, and in DC they all shared the same space with football and track & field. I once hit two "home runs" in a game where both of them were line drive one-hoppers straight at the third baseman, who had to duck for his life after they hit either a pebble or a piece of broken glass and shot down the left field line on a concrete-like dirt surface, well beyond the reach of the poor left fielder. Since there were never any fences in left field**, line drives that eluded the outfielders were the most common form of home runs.

But the worst accident I ever saw came when one of our outfielders dove into foul territory trying to make a spectacular catch of a misdirected Texas Leaguer. He extended his arm as far out as he could, and they were still picking the track cinders from his bloody forearm many days later. On a modern field he would've suffered a few grass stains.

** Whereas on our home field, the right field fence was all of 180' down the line, and any ball hit over it counted only as a single. The left field "wall", such as it was, was an incline about 450' away that led up to the gym.
   14. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: March 26, 2018 at 07:29 PM (#5643456)
Giants World Champions 2018 ! da mojo yes we can this is our year halleluja !

Wilson
Linceum
Zito
Romo
Peavy
Samardzija
Bumgarner

This is getting really, really sad, after 10 12 14 !
Always change a losing team !

Happy 2018 season, everybody ! :)
   15. Zonk qualifies as an invasive species Posted: March 27, 2018 at 09:30 AM (#5643584)
I saw that Panda had a really good spring -- maybe a team like the Red Sox might have some pitching to deal for him...
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: March 27, 2018 at 09:47 AM (#5643596)
I broke my finger on a bad hop at first base the same day that Aaron tied Ruth's record with a HR off Jack Billingham. remember hearing HR news that on the radio, either to or from Senior League practice.

trivia: Billingham, 75, thinks he is distantly related to Christy Mathewson.

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