The Houston Astros lost their Monday’s clash against the Boston Red Sox, but that wasn’t their biggest concern the morning after. Instead, the Astros were probably more worried about their righty Jake Odorizzi, who suffered a leg injury during the game and had to be carted off the field.
Odorizzi, making his seventh start of the 2022 season, was injured in the fifth inning. The 32-year-old player was trying to cover the first base following a ground ball hit but took only a few steps before collapsing on the pitch with a painful look on his face. Since he couldn’t walk off the field alone, the stretchers had to be called in.
Despite the scary-looking scene, the Astros believe Odorizzi managed to avoid a major injury. The team described it as “lower leg discomfort” and said that the veteran is set to undergo an MRI for further evaluation.
“He’s probably doing better than it looked like on the mound,” Houston’s manager Dusty Baker told reporters after the game.
Jake Odorizzi is currently playing his second season with the Astros. He has a 3-2 record with a 3.13 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 2022. Odorizzi, who has one All-Star appearance on his resume, previously also played with the Kansas City Royals, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Minnesota Twins.