Francisco Cordero’s nightmare season may be coming to an end courtesy of another nightmare.
According to MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart, the right-hander has been diagnosed with a sprained ligament in a toe on his right foot and will be in a protective walking boot for the foreseeable future.
Cordero has been on the disabled list since the first week of August, but his toe injury was originally described merely as inflammation. Further testing this week revealed it to be a much more serious issue.
The 37-year-old registered a 5.77 ERA and 1.81 WHIP across 34 1/3 innings with the Blue Jays before being traded to the Astros in late July. He then allowed 13 hits and 11 earned runs in five innings with Houston.
Tom Haurdicourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a story about beloved Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker’s frighteningly eventful offseason that’s definitely worth a read.
The frightening part: Uecker got bit by a brown recluse spider last October. He didn’t realize it at first and happened to show the bite to a doctor a couple of days later. The doctor realized how serious it was — brown recluses can kill people — and Uecker was rushed off to surgery. He’s fine now, back in the Brewers booth and actually joking about the spider bite.
The incident, though, leads Haudricourt to chronicle all of Uecker’s health issues over the years and the list is fairly amazing. I mean, we’ve written about some of his more recent health issues on this site, but I was unaware of just how many potentially fatal ailments Uecker has dealt with and beat in the past 25-30 years or so. Not that he’s too fazed by it all:
“I know I’m lucky. I’ve had 11 major surgeries overall. But, through all of that stuff, I made some unbelievable friends. All those doctors at Froedtert [Hospital]. We’re all friends now. So, a lot of good came out of it.”
That’s quite the perspective.
Uecker is 84. Counting his playing career he’s entering his 63rd year in baseball. He’s still one of the best, if not the best, broadcasters going. Thank goodness he wasn’t stopped by a spider of all things. Here’s hoping he keeps going for many more years to come.