Giants lose Affeldt to freak injury
San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt has landed on the disabled list for a non-baseball injury for the second time in less than eight months.
The left-hander from Northwest Christian High School in Colbert sprained his right knee Saturday night when he reached out to catch his 4-year-old son, Walker, as the 60-pound boy jumped off the couch to hug his arriving father.
Affeldt said he heard a pop but didn’t think there was anything seriously wrong. Then he woke up at 4 a.m. Sunday with throbbing pain and headed to the ballpark a few hours later after icing the knee with a package of frozen vegetables. An MRI exam revealed the sprain for Affeldt, who last Sept. 8 sliced his non-throwing hand nearly to the artery while separating frozen hamburgers.
Manager Bruce Bochy said Affeldt’s recovery is typically 7 to 10 days, but he could need a short rehab assignment.
“I was actually separating frozen hamburgers and I slipped on the floor,” Affeldt joked. “I came home and my sons are usually pretty happy to see me and he jumped off the couch, ran over and I squatted down to give him a hug and when he jumped, I kind of caught him weird and my knee kind of shifted in a bit. I felt some pressure on the knee.”
Affeldt is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 10 outings this year.
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