Boston – Houston Astros pitcher Jake Odorese He says an MRI on his left leg showed damage that would keep him out for an indefinite period, but added that he felt lucky that the injury at Fenway Park this week was no worse.
Odorizzi heard a pop in his left ankle during the start of Monday night against Boston that caused him to collapse after pitching. The 32-year-old right-handed man feared a serious relapse of his Achilles tendon.
Odorese went off the field in the fifth game of the 6-3 loss after injury and was placed on the injury list for 15 days on Tuesday. right hand Seth Martinez Summoned from Triple-A Sugar Land to replace him in the active list. Martinez provided relief Tuesday night during Houston’s 13-4 win, allowing a one-two in three goal-free rounds.
Odorizzi said the MRI revealed some damage to the tendons and ligaments but not the Achilles tendon. He said the current plan calls for pain management and rehabilitation to improve range of motion and strength.
There is no set timetable for his return.
“I think a stretcher made it worse than it actually was,” Odorizzi told reporters before the end of Wednesday’s series with the Red Sox. “It was just a fast and loud popping sound. I heard and felt it, so I thought it was the worst case scenario.”
He said avoiding what could have been an end-of-season injury was as positive a result he had hoped.
“We did the imaging yesterday and it came back – there is no damage to the Achilles tendon, so this is the main solution. There is some other damage there, but not to the Achilles tendon itself,” Odorizzi said. “We avoided that, and I think it’s the best case scenario at that point.”
Odorizzi is 3-2 with 3.13 ERA and 21 strokes in seven starts this season.
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