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David Price hit with broken bat; leaves game

Mar 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

Scary moment here in Ft. Myers. In the bottom of the second, Adrian Beltre’s bat shattered and the barrel shot out to the mound, striking David Price on the right (non-pitching) hand. It was hard to see where it hit as it happened, but he left the game with his hand wrapped in a towel. A few minutes ago the announcement came over the PA that he had “an abrasion on his right plam.”  Maybe he should start wearing a glove or something.

Anyway, I’m not sure if Adrian Beltre swings a maple bat or not, but whatever it was, it was scary as hell. I worry that someone is going to get seriously hurt by a bat shard one of these days.

  1. Jonny5 - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Howard was nearly impaled last season. He cut short a diving catch just in time and the bat stuck right in the dirt like a spear in front of him. He must’ve been cleaning some drawers that night.

  2. ecp - Mar 10, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    He has an abrasion on his right palm? He’s left-handed; how did he get an abrasion on the palm of his glove hand?

  3. Alan - Mar 10, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    I see a report that says the injury was “near the base of his right thumb”; maybe the glove was riding up a little, or the shard actually found a gap between the glove and his hand? Anyway he says he’ll make his next start, so phew. Nice try, Red Sox!

  4. YANKEES1996 - Mar 10, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    If you don’t think that bats exploding is a serious issue and has been for years have talk with Steve Yeager!

  5. TopSlugger - Mar 10, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    You just spoke about a fix for this problem the other day. MLB knows of a fix for this problem and has passed it over for the 2010 season. It’s just a matter of time… and inches before someone is killed this year. Your last article on March 3, 2010 on “How To Stop Those Maple Bats From Breaking” says it all.

  6. IdahoMariner - Mar 10, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    seems like this would be a good time to talk about that polymer sheath technology that keeps broken bats from separating and flying around the field… you know, instead of going straight to an outright ban.

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