“Stretcher made it worse” – Houston Astros’ Jake Odorizzi indefinitely sidelined after left leg damage

Jake Odorizzi is 3-2 with a 3.13 ERA and 21 strikeouts in seven starts this MLB season.

Jake Odorizzi
Jake Odorizzi

Houston Astros pitcher Jake Odorizzi has revealed a recent MRI on his left leg showed damage that will sideline him for an indefinite period. However, the 32-year-old pitcher in the Major League Baseball (MLB) added that he felt fortunate that an injury at Fenway Park this week could have gone worse.

The unfortunate incident took place on Monday night in the Astros’ clash against the Boston Red Sox when Odorizzi heard a pop in his left ankle that caused him to collapse after throwing a pitch. As a result, the right-hander feared a serious setback with the Achilles tendon.

The Illinois native Odorizzi was stretchered off the field in the fifth inning of the 3-6 defeat after the injury and was put on the 15-day injured list Tuesday. Young right-handed pitcher Seth Martinez was recalled from Triple-A Sugar Land to take his place on the active roster and he pitched in relief on Tuesday night during Houston’s 13-4 win at the same venue.

“Main takeaway: No damage to my Achilles” 

Jake Odorizzi
Jake Odorizzi

During a media interaction, Odorizzi stated that an MRI revealed some damage to tendons and ligaments but ‘luckily’ not the Achilles tendon. 

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I think the stretcher made it worse than it actually was,” Odorizzi told reporters prior to Wednesday’s series finale with the Red Sox, as quoted by ESPN. “It was just a quick, loud pop. I heard it and felt it, so I kind of thought it was the worst-case scenario.”

“We got imaging done yesterday and it came back — there’s no damage to my Achilles, so that’s really the main takeaway. There’s some other damage in there, but not on the Achilles itself,” Odorizzi said. “We avoided that, and I’d say it’s the best-case scenario at that point.”

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