This Is What Happens When You Pitch With A Broken Leg
Yesterday, during his Diamondbacks' 5-3 win over the Mets, pitcher Jason Marquis took a line drive off the leg. He stayed in the game, thinking the injury was nothing too serious. Turns out, it was a fractured right fibula. And as you might expect, Marquis' attempt to push through it didn't go so well.
Marquis was hit during the third inning, but pitched into the fourth. During the latter inning, though, Marquis uncorked a pitch that hit the Mets' Josh Thole (perhaps owing to the fact that Marquis didn't have proper lower-body support), and it produced one of the most bizarre baseball scenes we've come across in a while:
Yes, that hit by pitch looks like it hurt the pitcher worse than the batter (it doesn't look like it felt too good for Thole either, though). Indeed, that was the pitch that did Marquis' night, and possibly season (he's out for four to six weeks), in. Hopefully he can make it back, especially if the D'Backs make a playoff run.
And really, we're a bit surprised we've never seen an incident like this one before. It makes sense a pitch might get away from a pitcher who's playing hurt, and obviously getting hit with a pitch never feels too good for the batter. Well, just more proof of the old adage that every day, you can see something in baseball you've never seen before...though for the sake of all involved, it'd be best if this were the last time we saw an incident like this.
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