In the first inning of the Rays’ 7-1 win over the Blue Jays, pitcher Jeff Niemann took a liner off his leg. No big deal right? Pitchers take liners off their legs all the time. They get a bruise here and there, but they usually fight through the pain.
But when a liner fractures your leg, you usually can’t fight through that type of pain. Niemann did, at least for the rest of the inning.
Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann is expected to miss four to six weeks after fracturing his right leg during Monday night’s 7-1 win over Toronto.
Niemann was struck on the ankle by Adam Lind’s drive with runners at first and second in the first inning. He recovered to make the out, but walked gingerly around the mound and was checked by the trainer before finishing the inning.
Niemann came out and warmed up to start the second, but was removed after a conference on the mound with the trainer and manager Joe Maddon. Left-hander Cesar Ramos came on and earned the win while Niemann went to the hospital for X-rays.
You win, Jeff. You’re tougher than all of us.