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Giants reliever Dan Runzler dislocates knee in first MLB at-bat

Jul 9, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

Dan Runzler has emerged as one of the Giants’ most trusted setup men by working around some shaky control to post a 3.30 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 30 innings after dominating in the minors, but now the rookie left-hander is headed to the disabled list with a dislocated knee suffered yesterday in his first career at-bat.
Prior to the at-bat Runzler wriggled out of the bases-loaded, one-out jam he inherited, but when manager Bruce Bochy allowed him to hit for himself in the next half-inning his knee “popped” out of place when his cleat got stuck in the dirt as he swung through a pitch.
Madison Bumgarner came in to the finish the at-bat, striking out in an outcome that actually goes on Runzler’s record. Runzler also got credited with the win, but he’s scheduled for an MRI exam today and Bochy said he’s a near-lock for the DL.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    DL?

  2. The Ol Goaler - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Having dislocated both kneecaps (thankfully, not at the same time), I winced in sympathy for Runzler. I was “out” (unable to bend my knee) for about four weeks, and then had to re-hab after that. Here’s hoping Runzler recovers more quickly than I did!

  3. DoubleHighJeff - Jul 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    I’ve dislocated both also, and I did my right one while batting too. (Cleat got stuck, leg didn’t come with me.) It was awful, had to get taken out by ambulance. A month of immobilization than a lot of therapy. Hope Runzler has a quick and successful recovery.

  4. Chipmaker - Jul 9, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    See? Pitchers should not bat.

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