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Drew Smyly and the “mushier and mushier” blister from hell

Jun 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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If you were watching last night’s Tigers-Reds game on ESPN you saw Detroit starter Drew Smyly exit after three innings and then show off a huge blood blister on his left middle finger to everyone in the dugout.

It looked pretty gross and afterward manager Jim Leyland described it as “the worst one I’d ever seen in my life.”

Smyly told Jason Beck of how the blister from hell came to be:

I had a mini-cut from my last start, but it wasn’t a blister or anything. So I had some type of stuff on it to keep it safe. It was holding all the blood in, so it was getting mushy. So every pitch, it was getting mushier and mushier, and it started going down my finger.


Smyly indicated that he expects to make his next start Saturday versus the Rockies, but obviously it wouldn’t be shocking if the 22-year-old rookie is not able to do so and maybe even needs a disabled list stint to let the blister heal.

Also, our word of the day is: Mushy.

  1. cur68 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    Rajai Davis can top that. He jammed a finger stealing a base against CWS. Then the training staff iced it. They iced it so much they frost-bit his finger. Upshot? He had to have about 10cc of fluid drained out of it before game 3 of the Beaver Wrestlers/Braves series. I bet that finger was pretty mushy before THAT happened.

  2. Ben - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    If he had a little spit on the ball for lubrication and to prevent chaffing, none of this would have happened.

  3. drkincaid - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    How long til Drew tries the Moises Alou treatment? Or has the FDA not approved that for mushy blisters?

  4. aceshigh11 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    He looks like he got infected by the black primordial ooze from Prometheus.

    “Big innings have small beginnings.”

  5. bigleagues - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    He should talk to Beckett who used to have a major problem with blisters.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Beckett had nothing on Al Leiter the King of blisters

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

        Whenever Al Leiter went out riding through Macondo on his chrome horse with his diplomat, all the blisters used to bow down and squirt.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    At least it didn’t squirt out during one of his pitches.

    You’re welcome, hungry HBT readers.

  7. Old Gator - Jun 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    This morning the Macondo Harold (El Misma Mierda Vieja Harold in its Spanish edition) reported that no human flesh was found in the stomach of the Romero Causeway face-eating cannibal during his autopsy. Therefore, the mushy blister stuff was too little, too late to nauseate me this morning. Nice try though, Aaron.

    • CJ - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      best name for a newspaper ever

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      So…he didn’t even eat the flesh? He just ripped it off? What kind of self-depraved zombie was he?

      • Old Gator - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

        I suspect he just was trying to get at the brain. A lot of reanimated revenants down here are trying to do that, and there will be more of them out prowling the streets after the nominating conventions.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

        So they want brains, eh? Well, politicians and Axl Rose are safe.

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