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Ryan Vogelsong fractured his pitching hand

May 21, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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And he did it while batting:

Vogelsong was in the middle of easily his best start of the season when he swung at an inside pitch from Craig Stammen. The ball appeared to hit him squarely on the knuckles of his right hand, and Vogelsong was in obvious pain. He left the game and was replaced by pinch hitter Nick Noonan.

The damage: a dislocated joint in the pinky finger of his pitching hand and breaks above and below the finger. He’ll have surgery today and pins will be inserted. He’s going to be out at least six weeks.

Sadly, this came as Vogelsong was in the midst of his best start of what has been an otherwise awful season, having shut out the Nationals, allowing only three hits in five innings. Now it’s awful again.

Also awful: it looks like Chad Gaudin is the only real option to replace Vogelsong in the rotation. Barring a trade, of course.

  1. Old Gator - May 21, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Real life only happens in real baseball, designatedhitterball drones.

    • stex52 - May 21, 2013 at 9:06 AM

      Sorry, Gator, but Houston has joined the Borg now. Resistance is futile.

  2. bgrillz - May 21, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    They have guys on the farm that can pitch. They won’t be stuck with Gaudin. Shane Loux could get the call up.

  3. proudlycanadian - May 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Many Giant fans had been calling for Vogelsong’s departure. They should remember the old saying “be careful of what you wish for”. Good luck with his replacement.

    • eightyraw - May 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Vogelsong has been the least valuable pitcher in MLB by both RA9-Wins and fWAR. Not a huge hurdle to clear

  4. historiophiliac - May 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Well, there goes his run at the triple crown.

  5. cackalackyank - May 21, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    When will this stupidity end? Pitchers do not hit in the minors, and then in half the games played pitchers, with no skills for hitting stand there and wave at the ball. I guess some pitcher is going to have get killed by a fastball to the head before they get the idea that what made sense 50-100 years ago doesn’t make sense now. Huge investments are made in pitchers…TO PITCH. The fact that some purists think the game benefits from some incompetent standing in the batters box trying to do something thay have no ability to do is ludicrous. This is the same mentality that has the lousy umpiring adding a “human element” to the game, rather than bringing the game into the present with the means available. Every team should have the means to put a competent hitter in the batters box for all nine spots on the lineup. Thumbs down ahoy…but think about it…should we only play day games, and have 90% of the games in Seattle rained out, and have no one wear a batting helmet, and never let instant replay into the game, still have walks count as base hits…or do we move forward?

    • Old Gator - May 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      You consider resurrecting the late Pleistocene, with its legions of mammoth hunters all mindlessly swinging clubs at things, moving forward? Moreover, what do you say when one of the other eight guys catches a fastball on the knuckles? That, um, the team has invested millions in that guy to play shortstop so he ought to have someone batting for him?

      Lame excuse for logic on every level. Designatedhitterball is a sop to dimwittedness, impatience and a marked inability to think strategically in baseball. And believing that to prefer the drama, foibles and strategic irregularities of genuine baseball to the flattened, monotonous rhythms of designatedhitterball as some kind of “progress” is Peter Principle in the extreme.

      And to belch BS about the umpiring versus replay issue being part of the same discussion when it has absolutely nothing in common with the arguments against designatedhitterball is intellectually lazy and dishonest as well – just a cheap rhetorical shot.

      • cackalackyank - May 21, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Gee please tell me how relating all the advances to peoples inane opposition to the DH in the game is lazy. Wanting to see people that do not get trained to hit try to has everything to do with Neanderthal thinking. I’m guessing you do not like the forward pass in football, either. The other eight train to hit, pitchers do NOT. I notice nowhere in there is a real statement that justifies having pitchers bat all I see is the standard strategy BS.

      • cackalackyank - May 21, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Oh and the state of umpiring in the game….definitely relative to the throw back mentality.

      • natslady - May 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        Well, we discovered Zach Duke can hit (career .205). Unfortunately, we also confirmed that he can’t pitch.

    • jwbiii - May 21, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Cack, Two points.

      First, at AA and AAA, pitchers almost always bat when NL affiliates play each other. This is agreed to by the managers. The exception is when one of the teams has a guy on a rehab assignment and they just want to get his timing back. This also gives the pitchers valuable experience in walking back to the dugout.

      Second, In the summer, Seattle gets less rain than many MLB cities, such as Chicago and New York.

      • cackalackyank - May 21, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        Seattle was just the most convenient example of a city with a domed or convertible stadium. Thanks for the info about minors, though. But overall the truth remains…”OOOOH I can’t wait to see Stephen Strasburg come up with two on and two out in the fifth inning!” Said no one EVER”

      • jwbiii - May 22, 2013 at 2:07 AM

        Hence my snarky comment about practice to the dugout.

  6. geoknows - May 21, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I can’t figure out how he can have breaks “above and below the finger.” “Below the finger” makes sense, as I assume it’s down in the hand itself, but where the heck is “above the finger?” Sounds like somewhere out in midair.

  7. foreverchipper10 - May 21, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    NOONAN!

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