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Humberto Quintero headed to DL with ankle injury after play at plate

May 28, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

Ryan Roberts, Humberto Quintero

Eli Whiteside managed to avoid injury last night, but Astros’ catcher Humberto Quintero wasn’t so lucky.

Quintero was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle following a collision with Ryan Roberts at home plate.

Before you ask, no, this wasn’t anything close to the Buster Posey play from Wednesday night. Quintero found himself in a very vulnerable position because he slipped on a bat while waiting for the throw. He was in something of an awkward crouch position, which caused his right ankle to go under his body as soon as Roberts made contact.

Quintero was clearly blocking the plate, so as Roberts told Rowan Kavner of MLB.com, he felt like he had no choice but to barrel into the catcher.

“It was a slow roller and I started running in and he just sat down right in front of the plate,” Roberts said of the play. “I was going to try and go around him, but there was just no way I could have slid around him. You never want to see anyone get hurt in this game, so that wasn’t the point. Again, I’m just trying to score.

“The first thing I thought of was the Buster Posey thing. That’s on everyone’s mind right now so everybody’s talking about it. That’s the first thing I thought about, but like I said, I hope everything is all right and he’ll be back soon. I’m not in this to try to get anybody, just trying to play hard.”

I look forward to not having to talk about this issue anymore, but it’s unfair for us to spend so much time talking about Posey while lesser known players like Quintero are overlooked.

  1. garlicfriesandbaseball - May 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Yah – get past the Posey thing. Don’t want to focus any more attention on the Giants than you have to. You know how to get passed it? Quit talking about it.

  2. paperlions - May 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Video: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=15258683

    • garlicfriesandbaseball - May 28, 2011 at 1:47 PM

      DJ Short ~ “Clearly blocking the plate?” I don’t think so – again, where do you guys come from?

      • garlicfriesandbaseball - May 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

        Video shows Quintero obviously down and injured. Why didn’t the umpire stop the play instead of allowing an additional run to score?

      • paperlions - May 28, 2011 at 2:05 PM

        It was obstruction by definition, he was impeding the runner when not in possession of the ball, and he was clearly blocking the plate as the wound up kneeling right in front of it in the middle of the base line. You don’t have to dive on the plate like a grenade to be blocking it.

        Plays don’t stop if a player is hurt, they stop when the ball is dead.

        Sucks for Quintero, if not for slipping on the bat, and because it was a force play, he wouldn’t have wound up in that position at all.

      • Andrew - May 28, 2011 at 5:13 PM

        Video shows Quintero obviously down and injured. Why didn’t the umpire stop the play instead of allowing an additional run to score?

        The ball was still live. If an Astros player had possession of the ball and the baserunners stopped attempting to advance, then the ump would have ruled the play dead. If an outfielder hurts himself while chasing a fly ball, you don’t just give the offense a ground-rule double, you let the play finish first.

        DJ Short ~ “Clearly blocking the plate?” I don’t think so – again, where do you guys come from?

        If this isn’t blocking the plate, then I don’t know what is. http://oi54.tinypic.com/23rppg2.jpg
        Roberts really had 3 options: Barrel over Quintero, jump over him, or go far right and try to swipe tag the plate with his hand. Option #3 is the safest (injury-wise) and completely possible, but with the throw beating Roberts, he likely would have been out, assuming Quintero catches the ball cleanly.

  3. Andrew - May 28, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    D.J., I agree with you. Posey getting hurt has been talked about plenty already, while Quintero won’t get a lot of attention for his injury.

  4. cur68 - May 29, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    This is a freak thing. Stepping on the bat lead to the injury and damage as Roberts. Quintero looks like he’s blocking without the ball too. Rule calls this interference. Roberts is safe no matter what if we’re playing by the rules.

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