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The Astros drafted a paralyzed player, too: Buddy Lamothe

Jun 8, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

Buddy Lamothe

Seven rounds after the Rangers picked Johnathan Taylor, the Astros made a symbolic choice of their own Wednesday, selecting Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round.

Lamothe was a top reliever for San Jacinto Junior College, posting a 0.86 ERA and striking out 27 in 21 innings, before being paralyzed in an accident last month. His father said he was white-water rafting on May 1 when he dove into the water to retrieve his sunglasses and was injured.

According to The Buddy Project website, Lamothe is currently involved in inpatient rehab at a Houston medical center and could be released for outpatient therapy later this month.

  1. sknut - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Tough news. Good job by Astros and Rangers.

  2. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Such a shame something happens like that in a freak accident like diving into the water for shades , .086 ERA was pretty nasty , kid most likely had a big future ahead of him ( not to say he doesn’t now , because i am sure we have all seen some pretty crazy comeback stories ) , good for the Rangers and Astros , having a kid like this in the organization can be an inspiration to lots of players to go out there and give it their all .

  3. cur68 - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Rangers & Astros now. Hats off to Texas baseball clubs.

  4. raysfan1 - Jun 8, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Very classy.

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