Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi carted off after suffering left leg injury vs. Red Sox

Written by on May 17, 2022

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The Houston Astros lost right-hander Jake Odorizzi to a potentially serious left leg injury Monday night. Odorizzi crumbled to the ground after breaking toward first base to cover the bag in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox (GameTracker), and had to be carted off the field. The Astros say he exited with “left lower leg discomfort” and will be evaluated further.

Here is the play that led to Odorizzi leaving the game:

Several pitchers have suffered freak leg injuries at Fenway Park in recent years. Garrett Richards, then with the Los Angeles Angels, tore a knee tendon covering first base in 2015. Angels righty Jake Jewell broke his leg covering home plate in 2018.

Odorizzi, 32, took a 3.38 ERA in six starts and 26 2/3 innings into Monday’s start. He allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings before exiting the game with the injury. Odorizzi has a fairly long injury history, though his only previous leg injury is a left hamstring strain in 2015. Most of the injuries have been upper-body muscle pulls.

The Astros have used a six-man rotation for much of the season and could simply cut down to a normal five-man rotation should Odorizzi miss time. Justin Verlander, José Urquidy, Cristian Javier, Framber Valdez, and Luis Garcia are Houston’s other five starters.

Right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. has not pitched this season due to a forearm injury suffered in last year’s ALDS. He recently resumed playing catch and could rejoin the rotation sometime in the middle of the season.

Houston entered Monday’s game in a virtual tie atop the AL West with the Angels. The Astros are 23-12 and the Angels are 24-13.

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