Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Nick Burdi suffered a scary-looking injury to his right (pitching) arm while throwing in relief during tonight’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With a 1-0 count on Arizona outfielder Jarrod Dyson in the top of the eighth, Burdi uncorked a 97-mph fastball. Almost immediately, he knew something was wrong.
Burdi dropped to the ground on the mound in obvious pain, holding his arm. It was a sobering sight, considering the hard-throwing Louisville alum had Tommy John surgery less than two years ago.
Video of the Nick Burdi injury pic.twitter.com/GFxnDL3rO7
— zach (@zachleft) April 23, 2019
According to the Pirates, Burdi officially left the game with right elbow/bicep pain and is being evaluated.
Nick Burdi was removed from the game due to right elbow/bicep pain.
He is being evaluated and treated by the medical staff.
— Pirates (@Pirates) April 23, 2019
The 26-year-old Burdi made his major league debut late last season. He entered tonight with a 2-1 record and a 4.32 ERA in 10 appearances.
While the video above did not look good at all, we’re hoping Burdi did not suffer a serious injury tonight.
It would be a cruel fate for a player whose career seemed to just be taking off.