Ryan Vogelsong broke his hand in the fifth inning of a great outing against the Washington Nationals on Monday night. The 35-year-old was pitching a shutout through five innings before injuring his throwing hand on a foul ball at the plate.
Immediately after the ball made contact, Vogelsong jumped from the plate in pain, knowing his day was over. The San Francisco Giants went on to win 8-0 in the game, and Vogelsong still managed to receive his first win in seven outings after being taken out early due to the injury.
The Giants revealed that Vogelsong broke two bones in his right pinkie along with dislocating a knuckle during the at-bat. The 2011 All-Star hadn’t won a game since April 11th against the Chicago Cubs, but things were starting to turn around when it all came to a halt during his second at-bat of the game.
Vogelsong isn’t the best hitter, but he did drive in a run in his first plate appearance with a sacrifice in the fourth inning. On the mound, he was even better as he posted five shutout innings with two strikeouts on three hits.
The Nationals never got the bats going after Vogelsong broke his hand as the Giants’ relievers started right where their injured starter left off. None of the four relief pitchers gave up a hit the rest of the way, and San Francisco added three insurance runs before it was all said and done.
Now the Giants will be without one of their star pitchers for the next six weeks at the least, and the news didn’t come from the club’s front office. Nicole Vogelsong, Ryan’s wife, posted the news on Twitter shortly after the incident occurred.
Ryan has a dislocated joint in the pinky finger of his pitching hand. It’s broken above & below finger. Surgery tomorrow, out 6 weeks.
— Nicole Vogelsong (@nicolevogelsong) May 21, 2013
The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Giants, as they lost five-of-six games on the road before beating the Nationals on Monday.
Will Ryan Voglesong’s broken hand hurt the Giants as they look to regroup at home this week?
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