Coming in to pitch the eighth inning of a 9-4 blowout at the hands of the Diamondbacks Monday night, Pirates pitcher Nick Burdi uncorked a 97 mph fastball that caused the right-hander to buckle in pain. This looked especially scary considering he's had a history of Tommy John surgery.
Any time a player drops to his knees writhing in pain, it's hard to think it's anything but a significant injury. Rarely do we ever see a pitcher immediately hit the ground after throwing the ball. This was a rather rare instance.
After making his big league debut last year, Burdi was expected to be a regular with the Buccos in 2019. So far he pitched in 10 games and was looking to improve upon his 4.32 ERA and 1.08 WHIP.
Feel badly for Nick Burdi. He had fought all the way back from TommyJohn surgery in 2017– suddenly fell to the ground in immense pain grabbing his right arm. Had to leave. Looks serious. Hope he’s ok pic.twitter.com/YYsghNiKlB— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) April 23, 2019
His teammates came over to console him as he was struggling in the aftermath.
The Pirates will hold their breath for a positive update, which would seem like a miracle at this point. Fingers crossed.