The Lord has resisted the urge to smite the Chicago Cubs this year – the Cubs have pretty much been doing the work for Him.
Until last night that is, when Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny was cruising against one of the best lineups in the National League. That’s when he took a line drive off his left ring finger.
“I definitely wanted to stay there as long as I could,” Gorzelanny said. “I should’ve caught it. I should’ve moved my hand out of the way.”
X-rays taken on the finger came back negative. The finger was slightly swollen with some blood underneath the nail. With a day off on Monday, the Cubs have the option of skipping or pushing back Gorzelanny’s next start if need be.
Gorzelanny had been pitching magnificently for Chicago — 6 2/3 shutout innings with only three hits and two walks allowed.
“But I couldn’t feel my finger, so it probably wasn’t a good thing to stay and throw,” he said. cubs.com.
If Gorzelanny is not able to grip the ball properly in the next few days, the Cubs will likely skip his next start.
The injury comes at a highly unfortunate time for Gorzelanny; not only because he is pitching so well, but because Carlos Zambrano is returning to the rotation. At present, it’s a bit of a mystery whom the Cubs would bump in favor of Zambrano, but a Gorzelanny injury – if serious enough – could make the Cubs’ decision for them.