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C.J. Wilson(notes) tried everything he could to keep going with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

He even poured super glue on it during the second inning to prevent it from popping.

Glue? That's crazy! Perhaps, but it's the World Series — and the Texas Rangers needed him out there in Game 2.

And Wilson's remedy worked, at least until the seventh inning. He and San Francisco's Matt Cain(notes) were working on quite a pitchers' duel. Until...

"My finger ripped open. Usually it's not as bad," [Wilson said after the game.] "I've been super-glueing it the past couple weeks to keep it together and it just kind of ruptured in that at-bat with Cody Ross(notes). [...]

"I couldn't throw anything beside the curveball for a strike."

Armed with only one effective pitch, Wilson told coach Mike Maddux the Rangers were better off using the bullpen. That's up for interpretation; not long after Wilson left the game, the San Francisco Giants ripped open a big lead on their way to a 9-0 victory.

The Giants are two more victories from baseball heaven and the Rangers are reeling. Even if they launch a comeback and Wilson's turn in the rotation comes up again, what about his finger? More glue?

It's actually not uncommon for major league pitchers to take such lengths to fight blisters. Even glue. It's strong stuff. And very versatile.

The problem with Wilson's solution: Pitching with super glue on your hands is against the rules.

Back in 2003, Montreal Expos right-hander Zach Day was ejected after umpire Bill Miller discovered he had applied super glue to a blister.

From the A.P.'s account:

Under rule 8.02 (b), a pitcher is automatically ejected if he is found with any foreign substance on his fingers.

"We don't really believe the kid thought he was cheating, but that has nothing to do with it," home plate umpire Bill Miller said. "He had a foreign substance on his person and that means he is in violation of this rule."

The exact wording of the rule is somewhat ambiguous — "The pitcher is allowed to rub the ball between his bare hands" — and the propriety of Miller's actions in kicking out Day are still subject to dispute.

Wilson, who was probably unaware of how the rule applies to him, bemoaned the timing of his blister's bursting.

"It ripped open on the side and that's where the blood came out of," [Wilson said.] "And once the blood was on my finger...

"If it would have happened in between innings, or something, then maybe I could have super-glued it [again]. They're not going to let you super-glue your finger [in the middle of an at-bat] because maybe that's a 'performance-enhancer' or some crap like that."

Wilson was kidding, but he also stumbled onto another point: If umpires were to catch Wilson with super glue on his finger, they at least would make him remove it. Coincidentally, Bill Miller is umpiring in the World Series, and you know he's hip.

So, what's left for Ceej to do? Pickle juice? Stan's Rodeo Cream?

For now, he says he'll just glue the blister back together and be ready in case the Rangers need him in Game 6.

After that, he has an entire offseason to heal.

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