Indians’ RHP Zach Plesac was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb, per Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal.
Zach Plesac is heading to the injured list, per Tito.
He has a non-displaced fracture in his right thumb. He’ll see Dr. Graham tomorrow.
— Ryan Lewis (@ByRyanLewis) May 25, 2021
Plesac is entering his third season in the Majors and has struggled with consistency to begin the 2021 season, surrendering nine home runs in his first 10 starts; his record currently sits at 4-3 with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Per the current timetable, Plesac will miss a minimum of three starts, including Wednesday’s game versus the Detroit Tigers. The loss of Plesac leaves a struggling Indians’ rotation with only three active starters and could raise the need to recall either Triston McKenzie or Logan Allen, both of which were optioned to Triple-A Columbus in past weeks.
Okay, now we get to the good part. According to Indians’ manager Terry Francona, Plesac’s injury came as a result of him “aggressively removing his shirt”… Yes, you read that correctly.
A professional athlete playing at the highest level of the sport literally broke a bone doing something you and I likely do at least once a day and think nothing of at the time. If that doesn’t make you come to terms with your mortality and the inevitable nature of suffering, nothing will.
Now, you’re probably asking: What qualifies as aggressively removing one’s shirt?
When is the line drawn between normally removing a shirt and aggressively doing so?
Also, what would prompt someone to aggressively remove an article of clothing?
Was Zach celebrating the heatwave with a refreshing jump in the pool?
Maybe he thought he was about to have a happy ending to a hot date, not expecting the immediate consequences of his actions to be so severe. The puns basically write themselves.
But for Tito, this has to be one of the most anti-bro code moves of all time. He could have easily told the media Plesac took a comebacker to the hand in practice or made solid contact with the skull of a would-be mugger on his walk home. Instead, we got the whole truth and nothing but the truth and poor Zach Plesac will be forced to take the full hit of all the finest jokes and criticisms that social media has to offer. Brutal.
In all seriousness, I wish Zach a speedy recovery and hope that he can make his return to the rotation in due time. Until then, let’s all say a prayer for Cleveland pitching.
(Stats via ESPN)
(Photo via Cleveland.com)