Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Play at plate causes injuries
By AJ Mass
While it did not look as serious as the play that injured Buster Posey in 2011, a close play at home plate in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics resulted in both teams losing a player to injury.
Nick Franklin headed homeward on a ground ball to second base, and he slid foot-first, eluding the tag by Derek Norris. However, the knee on Franklin's back leg arrived at the same time as Norris's spikes. The result was a torn pants leg and a laceration on Franklin's knee that required five stitches.
The Seattle second baseman was told that he could miss 4-5 days, though acting manager Robby Thompson was hopeful he could return by the weekend. In the interim, Brad Miller may move over to second base with Brendan Ryan filling in at shortstop.
As for Norris, he fractured his left toe on the play and was replaced by Stephen Vogt behind the plate. John Jaso is already sidelined with post-concussion symptoms, so Oakland has few alternatives at the catcher position. Because of that, Oakland may allow Norris to play through the pain, if he is able to do so.