You may remember yesterday morning's obligatory Red Sox-related post about Johnny Damon's encouraging prognosis regarding his shoulder. I wrote that I was pleased and relieved to have Gabe Kapler back from Japan (since July, but he hasn't played all that much... why play him with Damon on a wicked tear?) with Damon ailing.
Oh the hubris. The hubris got me. Last night, Kapler, who plays baseball like it's a contact sport (bless him), ruptured his Achilles' tendon. Whilst running the bases on Graffanino's homer, he collapsed, feeling as if he'd been struck in the heel with a baseball. Everyone thought he'd tripped, but as it turned out, he couldn't walk unassisted. He did, however, want to complete the play and run home, but Francona nixed that and they put in Machado to pinch run. Recovery time for such an injury? 12 to 18 months. Number of good back-up centerfielders left? 0. They're calling up Hydzu from the PawSox, but I'm not optimistic. His last big club stint was hitless. Johnny - pull yourself together. Stat.
Frickin' late season drama.
Deadspin's post on the incident is good (with a bonus link regarding Kapler's status as much-loved pin up boy for the gays AND the Jews). Have a gander.
(image from giants.jp)