Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt has been placed on the disabled list with a left knee subluxation, which the left-hander says he suffered while playing with his children.
We were kind of playing around, and I just lost my footing. … It’s unfortunate. I’m frustrated. I feel bad for what happened–it’s a little embarrassing–but I wasn’t doing anything stupid.
This isn’t the first time Affeldt has suffered a weird injury while at home. Back in 2011 he sliced open his right hand while using a knife to separate frozen hamburgers and missed the final month of the season.
After this latest injury Giants manager Bruce Bochy called it “Jeremy being Jeremy” and Affeldt called it “another standard ‘me injury’ on an off day.”
Affeldt has a 5.46 ERA this season, so it’s not a huge blow to San Francisco’s bullpen.
The Giants have placed lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder, CSN Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic reports. Right-hander Michael Broadway has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento to take Affeldt’s place on the roster.
Affeldt, 36, was hit around for four runs on three hits and a walk in his most recent appearance on Thursday against the Padres. He was unable to record an out before he was lifted. It appears his ailing left shoulder was to blame. Even aside from that outing, it’s been a tough year for Affeldt, as he owns a 5.96 ERA with a 13/11 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings.
Tim Hudson pitched eight effective innings for the Giants, but his bullpen was in the process of taking him out of the running for the win when Lady Luck helped out on defense.
Hudson started the ninth inning, but issued a lead-off walk to Collin Cowgill, so manager Bruce Bochy took him out and brought in Sergio Romo. Romo allowed a one-out single to Mike Trout to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Albert Pujols, who had homered earlier in the game. Romo struck him out.
With the left-handed-hitting Kole Calhoun coming to the plate, Bochy brought in southpaw Jeremy Affeldt. Affeldt, however, gave up an RBI single to Calhoun, which brought the Angels closer at 5-3. Closer Santiago Casilla then came in to try to end the threat. David Freese singled to center to bring in another run, making it 5-4. Taylor Featherston came in as a pinch-runner for Freese at first base.
The Angels were, then, down by one run with runners on the corners and two outs in the top of the ninth. Matt Joyce swung at Casilla’s first offering, a 92 MPH fastball. The Giants were shifted to the right side, but none of their three infielders on that side had a chance to make a play on the ball as it hit Featherston. By rule, Featherston was out and the game ended. Second baseman Joe Panik, played in right field, probably could have made a play on it, but there was always the chance he misplayed it in some fashion. It’s certainly one of the more unconventional ways with which to win a ballgame.