There have been some embarrassing stories in recent memory of why MLB players missed games due to a fluke injury.
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy will have his start on Monday pushed back because earlier in the week he lacerated his right index finger while doing the dishes. This is a very strange way for someone to get injured, but mistakes happen.
Arizona has a scheduled doubleheader with the Texas Rangers, and they will bring up their highly touted left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs to start the first game. Skaggs started the season pitching for Triple-A Reno where he got off to a rocky start, as indicated by his 5.23 ERA.
He has pitched better in his past couple of starts for them, as he has only allowed seven runs across three starts. He was expected to win the last spot in the rotation for Arizona during spring training, but he struggled with command and location of his pitches.
The positive for him about pitching in Reno is that it forced him to locate his pitches better because of the thin air and also the ball carries well in that ballpark. For some pitchers they might get flustered pitching in an environment that forces them to almost be perfect with their execution of pitches, but Skaggs has embraced the challenge.
Kennedy is not expected to miss more than one start, but it all depends on how well his finger heals and if he can grip the baseball with no pain.
Skaggs has a chance to impress the Diamondbacks’ coaches with a strong performance in this start.