Fractured Finger Sidelines Morris
by Bo Mitchell - Content Manager, Fanball.com
Wednesday, July 23, 2003
The Padres may have the worst record in the National League, but their batters are wreaking havoc with fantasy pitching rotations this year. First Sean Burroughs lines a shot off of Curt Schilling's hand and knocks him out for six weeks with a broken bone and now Mark Kotsay has put Cardinals' ace Matt Morris out of business for what could be an even longer period of time.
On his ninth pitch of the game Monday, Morris was hit on his right hand by a line shot off Kotsay's bat. The ball struck him just above his index finger and his hand immediately began to swell. Frustrated, Morris wanted to see if he could stay in the game so he threw a warmup pitch that promptly sailed to the backstop. Off to radiology room he went.
The X-rays taken Monday were inconclusive so it was originally hoped Morris had gotten away with just a bruise and might only need to miss a start or two. However team physician Dr. George Paletta ordered a CT scan for Tuesday just to be sure. The tests revealed a non-displaced fracture just above the second metacarpal.
Morris had his finger placed in a splint and his name placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday's game. However, he'll be nowhere near ready to return in 15 days. The injury will keep Morris out a minimum of three to six weeks and the St. Louis Post Dispatch cites an anonymous club source as saying he could be lost for the season.
This one says he might be out for the season.
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....