Gardner wearing new device to protect left thumb

2013 Season Preview: The Center Fielders
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Via George King & Andy McCullough: Brett Gardner is wearing a new fiberglass device to protect his left thumb when running the bases. “I don’t want to hurt it again … I am trying to wear something to protect it,” said the outfielder, who wore a similar device with less protection in the past.

Gardner, 29, broke the thumb in 2009 and missed a few games with soreness in 2010. Here’s a screen cap from yesterday’s game of the new protective gear, which isn’t the most high-tech thing in the world. Keeping Gardner healthy this summer will be one of the team’s top priorities given the current list of injured players, but his head-first slides — especially those into first base — make it tough. Hopefully this new thumb guard helps.

2013 Season Preview: The Center Fielders
Open Thread: 3/12 Camp Notes
  • Jerkface

    Is the device a detachable hand?

  • BJ

    Is it making his entire hand invisible?

    • Havok9120

      Donahue built it out of scrap from a F-117 Nighthawk.

      It’s best not to ask questions.

  • Winter

    Thumb Guard Magic hand.

  • jjyank

    ZOMG Gardner is a fucking T-Rex!!

  • trr

    thumb? it’s the whole frickin’ hand

  • Dalek Jeter

    Idea, have somebody like Jeter, CC, Mo, or Grandy, tell Grandy that they’r going to do a kangaroo court at the end of the season and one of the offenses is going to be head first slides into first, punishable at $1000 a slide.

    • vicki

      you mean gardy of course. and i don’t think he’d care. redneck.

  • Havok9120

    My favorite part about this thing is that it was apparently designed and fabricated by Donahue.

  • Bob Buttons

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu and Gabriel Byrne

    “Baseball movie of the year!” – New York Times
    “Two thumbs up” -Roger Ebert

    The Hand in the Iron Mask, coming to a theater near you.

    • Havok9120

      Jeremy Irons in a baseball movie would be easily one of the most incongruous things ever.

      I’m sold.

  • Horizonal Pinstripe

    I like Gardner’s game but I also have the impression that he’s not exactly a rocket surgeon. It’s stupid to dive head first into first base unless it’s to avoid a tag.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      Agreed. And I don’t know why Girardi doesn’t inform him that he will be fined an increasing amount each time he does it.

      BTW, WTF is a rocket surgeon?

      • jjyank

        Hey man, rockets can get sick too.

      • Havok9120

        Joke from an old commercial. A joke I use regularly.

      • trr

        I LOL’ed

  • Now Batting

    Looks like Luke Skywalker

  • hogsmog

    Yes it definitely looks like his arm was lopped off right below the elbow in that photo.

  • Horizontal Pinstripe

    To put it another way, he’s not going to split any atoms tomorrow.

  • Horizontal Pinstripe

    If they make that thing 3 feet longer he’ll never get thrown out stealing again.

  • dalelama

    Just tell the moron to stop sliding head first into first base.

  • taomander

    this is the funniest comment blog I have read in a while. reporter appearing kinda dumb.

    • JMK

      Your comment makes no sense. Please try again.

  • vicki

    oven mitt.

    put your kid in brett gardner’s device and cervelli’s helmet; he’ll never get laid.