Right-hander Jordan Lyles of the Colorado Rockies definitely wins the "Rub Some Dirt On It And Go Play" Award for the week of June 5, 2014. Lyles broke his glove hand on a play at the plate in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night — and he continued to play for four innings, despite significant pain that put him in tears even after the game. He also struck out in his lone plate appearance. Swinging a bat had to have hurt, considering he couldn't feel the ball when the catcher would throw it back to him.
Arizona won 16-8, but at least Lyles didn't force the Rockies bullpen to go eight-plus innings, he said.
Covering home on a wild pitch, Lyles' hand was struck by the knee of a sliding Martin Prado, who was safe for a 3-0 lead. Colorado broadcasters wondered if Lyles had been spiked, but it was his left hand he was holding while keeping a steady grimace on his face. MLB.com reports:
Lyles fought through three more innings, but he couldn't fight back the tears postgame.
"I knew something was wrong," said Lyles. "I've never felt that feeling before."
Lyles returned to the clubhouse after the first inning to take X-rays, but the initial examinations were on his wrist area, which proved to be fully intact. Lyles came back out to grind through four innings, allowing four runs (two earned).
"I didn't want to come out during the first and make the bullpen throw nine," Lyles said. "There was something wrong. I couldn't catch the ball from the catcher."
It's not quite Jack Youngblood playing in the NFL with a broken leg, but it's pretty gritty. Robert Conrad thinks Jordan Lyles might be too tough.
If you tried to knock a battery out of Lyles broken hand right now, he probably wouldn't appreciate it. How long Lyles is out has not been determined. The fracture is in the middle of his hand, just below his middle finger. Well, that's a sad, "How do ya' do?" for Lyles, who has been pitching well for the Rockies, with a 3.52 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 69 innings.
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