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Scott Downs to undergo MRI on right ankle

Apr 12, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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Scott Downs left this afternoon’s game against the Twins after having his foot stepped on by Denard Span while covering first base in the seventh inning. If you want to be thoroughly grossed out, watch a GIF of the play over at Getting Blanked. Hope you aren’t eating dinner right now.

The initial diagnosis from the team was a right ankle contusion and Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that X-rays “didn’t really show anything.” Still, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com notes that he was walking with the help of crutches after the game and will undergo an MRI when the team gets to New York. It wouldn’t be surprising if a DL-stint is in his future.

Downs, 36, has tossed two scoreless innings this season after posting a 1.34 ERA and 35/15 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings in 2011. He’ll return to a set-up role once he’s back to full health.

  1. lyon810 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    This would be a catastrophic blow to what is already a horrible bullpen…

  2. jimbo1949 - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Scott Downs left this afternoon’s game against the Twins after having his foot ??????? on by Denard Span

    Trod on? stomped on? spit on?

    Inquiring minds want to know.

  3. marshmallowsnake - Apr 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    That guy needs remedial covering first base training when he heals…never on top…

    • angrycorgi - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      Seriously…he was in the middle of the dang bag!

  4. foreverchipper10 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Anybody want a licorice whip?

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