In a season full of costly collisions at home plate, Arizona Diamondbacks’ shortstop Stephen Drew became the latest player to suffer a season-ending injury on a play at the plate.
Drew tried to score from second on a single by Chris Young but Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun’s one-hop pickup and relay to catcher Jonathan Lucroy beat Drew to the plate. There was some contact between Drew and Lucroy’s shin guard, but Drew’s right ankle was caught underneath him on the slide and flipped a full 180 degrees backwards (it’s gruesome in slow-mo).
Maybe Drew could have used a sliding lesson from Detroit Tigers catcher Victor Martinez, who displayed rare grace dancing around the tag of Oakland backstop Kurt Suzuki to score on Tuesday night. (Watch the play here).
Said Tigers teammate Miguel Cabrera:
“He’s got some moves. Salsa moves. Salsa with merengue — everything. Bring it all together.”
Sadly, it’ll be awhile before Drew makes it back out on a dance floor. After the game, D-backs skipper Kirk Gibson said Drew suffered a broken ankle, will likely need surgery and is out for the rest of the season.
Said Gibson: “Home plate, it’s a dangerous plate.”
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey would certainly agree. He was on the wrong end of a massive collision with Florida Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins in May. Posey broke his leg on the play and is lost for the year. (Watch that brutal collision here.)
That play led A’s manager Billy Beane to order Suzuki to avoid contact at the plate if possible. Pete Rose would probably call him a wuss for that. But other coaches might start implementing similar policies to protect their stars.
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez also suffered a serious injury in the game — he broke his collarbone.
(H/T Big League Stew)