The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost one of their pitchers for the remainder of the season due to truly strange circumstances.
The Pirates organization released a statement on Tuesday, announcing that pitcher Kyle Crick is done for the season after undergoing extensor tendon repair surgery on his index finger. The cause of the injury came during a fight with teammate Felipe Vazquez in the Pirates clubhouse prior to Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants.
“The behavior exhibited by these two players last night is unacceptable, inconsistent with the standards expected of a major league player and will not be tolerated by the organization,” general manager Neal Huntington said in the team's release.
Both Crick and Vazquez were fined an undisclosed amount of money as a result of this incident.
Crick appeared in 52 games this season, in which he accumulated a 3-7 record and a 4.96 ERA, while striking out 61 batters in 49.0 innings pitched.
There have been numerous reported incidents of in-fighting in the Pirates organization. Relief pitcher Keone Kela was suspended two games for his altercation with performance coach Hector Morales.
In July, Crick got into a argument with bullpen coach Euclides Rojas, in which the coach reportedly pushed the pitcher, resulting in the two having to be separated. The argument reportedly stemmed from Crick complaining to Rojas that Felipe Vazquez was receiving preferential treatment.
With his season now over, Kyle Crick is expected to be ready for 2020 Spring Training.