Pedro Baez was struck by a 103 mph line drive to his right knee on Tuesday night. The comebacker came off the bat of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop, Willy Adames. Unfortunately for the Dodgers this meant one of their most reliable relievers was injured ... and a run scored.
After being hit, he immediately fell to the ground in pain before being helped off the field by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and an athletic training staff member.
The sound of the baseball hitting Báez’s knee was nearly as loud as the sound of a bat to a ball. Clayton Kershaw commented after the game, confirming the loudness of the contact. And of Báez’s strong bones. It should be noted that he has no ties to the “dairy-free Dodgers” club.
Clayon Kershaw on the comebacker to Báez: “Yeah, it was loud. Petey's got strong bones, I guess.”— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) May 22, 2019
Báez’s diagnosis was later revealed to be an upper right leg contusion (obviously) and Dave Roberts said the X-rays on his knee were negative.
X-Rays on Pedro Baez’s leg negative. Will be re-evaluated tomorrow #Dodgers— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 22, 2019
On Wednesday afternoon, he arrived to Tropicana Field seeming to be much better. Though he will be re-evaluated by the training staff.
When Pedro Baez arrived at Tropicana Field today he was walking unassisted and didn't seem to be favoring his right leg. #Dodgers— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 22, 2019
This guy really does have some strong bones.