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Cliff Lee struck in the ear and bloodied by a broken bat splinter

Sep 24, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

Cliff Lee struggled again last night, giving up four runs in five innings while falling to 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA in 14 starts for the Rangers, but was able to narrowly avoid being the second player this month to suffer a major injury from a broken bat.
In the fourth inning Jack Cust singled up the middle to drive in the first run of the game and his bat broke into three pieces, the smallest of which struck Lee on the right ear.
Lee seemed completely unfazed at first, focusing instead on the run he just allowed and the fact that the barrel of the bat flew over his head, but then noticed that his ear was bleeding. Pitching coach Mike Maddux came out to the mound, looked at the ear and told Lee something along the lines of “yep, it’s bleeding,” and then manager Ron Washington and the trainer hopped out of the dugout to take a look.
MLB.com has the video.
Compared to Tyler Colvin he certainly got off lucky, but how long can we keep counting on players avoiding major injuries by a matter of inches?

  1. john in philly - Sep 27, 2010 at 1:44 AM

    I can’t speak for all Phillies fans, but I watch alot of games at the ballpark and in bars around South Philly. The people I know all love Cliff Lee. Even though we can’t complain about getting Halliday out of the deal, we wish Lee was here, Cliff Lee dominated for us and made it look easy. He’s a class act all the way. It’s not his fault the rug was pulled out from under him in Philly. Any way, I have no doubt he will play at the top of his game in the playoffs and I’ll be rooting for him all the way, except if he’s playing against the Phillies :)

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