I don’t think it’s fair to say that non-contact injuries are automatically worse than contact-based injuries. We’ve seen guys miss plenty of time after being hit by a pitch or colliding in the field or whatever. It’s just that non-contact injuries seem so much scarier because they happen when … nothing was happening. They often just look like the player’s own body popped for no particular reason, and that just seems cruel and unfair and unpredictable.
Hopefully this isn’t as bad as it looked for Astros pitcher Jake Odorizzi, but it’s exactly the kind of moment you fear seeing: a guy starts to try to make a play, and then just collapses.
Another weird pitcher leg injury at Fenway pic.twitter.com/QupaWAczmJ
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) May 17, 2022
Jake Odorizzi collapsed to the ground after this pitch and is in some serious pain
He's bring brought off the field on the cart pic.twitter.com/xmEoW3NFwI
— Ben Brown 🌻 (@BenBrownPL) May 17, 2022
Some are speculating that it was an Achilles injury for Odorizzi, but it’s pretty hard to tell. We only know that something was immediately not right, and he had to be carted off the field:
It looks like an achilles injury for Jake Odorizzi. pic.twitter.com/h8dhtJhveV
— Boston Strong (@BostonStrong_34) May 17, 2022
Fenway Park fell sickeningly silent as Jake Odorizzi was l carted off the field. He sustained an apparent leg injury. Devastating moment for a classy professional who’d recently found his top form. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 17, 2022
Again, you hope it wasn’t as bad as it looked, and you hope you don’t have to see this happen very often for any other player or team.