Mar
12

Gardner wearing new device to protect left thumb

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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.

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24 Comments»

  1. Jerkface says:

    Is the device a detachable hand?

  2. BJ says:

    Is it making his entire hand invisible?

  3. Winter says:

    Thumb Guard Magic hand.

  4. jjyank says:

    ZOMG Gardner is a fucking T-Rex!!

  5. trr says:

    thumb? it’s the whole frickin’ hand

  6. Dalek Jeter says:

    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.

  7. Havok9120 says:

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

  8. Bob Buttons says:

    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.

  9. Horizonal Pinstripe says:

    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.

  10. Now Batting says:

    Looks like Luke Skywalker

  11. hogsmog says:

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

  12. Horizontal Pinstripe says:

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

  13. Horizontal Pinstripe says:

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

  14. dalelama says:

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

  15. taomander says:

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

  16. vicki says:

    oven mitt.

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

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