Seeing their young rising star Bobby Witt Jr. abandon the game in the ninth inning due to an injury was not what the Kansas City Royals wanted to witness. On the other hand, on Tuesday night, Witt was escorted off the field by Royals manager Mike Matheny and chief athletic trainer Kyle Turner.
Rafael Montero of the Houston Astros threw a 96.8 mph sinker that hit rookie shortstop Witt in the right hand. Even though the first x-rays came back negative, the Royals may conduct additional testing in light of the symptoms.
Bobby Witt Jr. left the game mid at-bat after taking a pitch off his hand pic.twitter.com/0sAReOV2vO
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Even with his hand fully bandaged in bandages, the Royals were upbeat about Witt’s condition and he spoke to reporters after the game. In the ninth inning, “I was just trying to fight,” Witt recalled. “I had a feeling he was going to push me to my limits.” Preparation was the only thing on my mind. The pitch was coming right at me. The ball he’s using has a lot of movement.
All of a sudden, something in me snapped. Once I realized what was about to happen, I was prepared. As a result, I was doing everything I could to stay away from it.” Even though the Royals lost 9-7, Witt had a 2-for-5 performance with a home run, three RBIs, and a number of outstanding defensive plays. As if things couldn’t get any more confusing, the ball that struck him in the ninth inning was incorrectly labeled a foul ball.
When the ball struck Witt’s hand, he jumped out of the batter’s box and violently shook his hand. After that, he proceeded to first base as though he had been given the honor of being the first batter to be hit by a pitch. Although Witt had hit the pitch that struck him, he resumed the at-bat.
Witt’s hand made contact with the ball, but the ball did not make contact with the bat. O’Hearn replaced Witt in the batting order because Matheny and Turner were concerned about Witt swinging the bat in that situation.
‘He wants to stay in,’ Matheny remarked. It’s just not a smart idea to walk into this situation without knowing what we’re dealing with. You don’t want to take another swing at that after seeing how it squared him up and how much it swelled up.” Despite the injury to his throwing hand, Witt appeared upbeat.
This season, he’s already been struck on that hand three times. “This is the third time I’ve been hit in this hand,” Witt remarked.”I’ve been fortunate enough to recover from those setbacks. I’m going to rely on the expertise of our trainers and other members of our team.
They produce excellent work. To prepare for, hopefully, tomorrow, I’m going to attempt to get some shut-eye and get some rest.” Witt had already made three significant plays in the game by the third inning on Tuesday night, and he had done so both offensively and defensively. Whit Merrifield scored on Witt’s first-inning single to right field, giving the Royals a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
While Witt advanced to second base on the throw, Merrifield hustled and executed a terrific slide to avoid being tagged at the plate. Prior to today, the Kansas City Royals had never won a game when trailing in the first innings this season.
Melendez made a throw to second base in the bottom of the first inning in an attempt to throw out a base runner. On the first-base side of the bag, Witt snagged the wide throw and dropped a tag on the runner’s lower body before the runner’s hand could touch the base.
it wiped out the only runner Zack Greinke let to reach in the first inning and kept him out of scoring position with the heart of the Astros lineup about to take the field. Asked by Melendez about his tenth home run of the season, he remarked, “It went a little up the line, but he made a heck of a tag on it.” For his 12th home run of the season, Witt hit a 1-2 fastball 428 feet to left-center following an Andrew Benintendi single.
As Matheny put it, “He (got) us off to a nice start with a 2-strike hit, getting an RBI and then looking tough (on) a couple of pitches he was swinging through. When he made a change to his swing and shortened it, he immediately started making monster shots.” Both he and MJ are once again amazing in terms of raw power. After then, Witt didn’t let up.
During the fourth inning, with Alex Bregman on first base and no outs, Witt caught a line drive from Kyle Tucker and threw the ball to first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino, who doubled Bregman off. Wit added that he was “sort of smirking at Vinnie” because he couldn’t figure out how the ball had gotten through Bregman. Incredibly, it ended up there. In Vinnie’s presence, there was a great deal of focus.
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