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.