One of the biggest fears a baseball fan has is the thought of his or her favorite team losing a key member of the team to season-ending injury. There is nothing that can destroy the hopes and dreams of a season quite like seeing your favorite player go down in agony.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have seen their share of heartache over the past two seasons. On Opening Day 2009 a packed Chase Field watched in shock as ace Brandon Webb left his start against the Colorado Rockies never to return. He would spend the entire 2009 season trying unsuccessfully to overcome a shoulder injury.
That injury would keep Webb out of the 2010 season as well. The loss of their number one starting pitcher would send the Diamondbacks into a tailspin resulting in two consecutive last place seasons. The repercussions of this were felt throughout the organization as two managers and a general manager would lose their jobs partly for being unable to recover from the loss.
This year the Diamondbacks have been relatively injury-free. Sure there was Geoff Blum’s knee problems and Zach Duke’s broken hand but you could argue that while the loss of those two players were detrimental, they were both minor pieces of the 25-man roster and the team was able to overcome the injuries.
In the fourth inning, Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew attempted to score on a double to left field by centerfielder Chris Young. Third-base coach Matt Williams held up the stop sign to Drew being content having runners on second and third. Instead Drew ran through the coach’s sign and ran for home. A great throw home by Ryan Braun had Drew out at the plate. It was bad enough that the rally stalled and the Diamondbacks did not score. It became much worse when Drew’s ankle twisted 180 degrees breaking.
Drew lay at the plate in obvious pain for several minutes. Diamondbacks coaches and trainers rushed out to his aid eventually carrying the shortstop off. Drew was unable to put any weight on the ankle.
Medical reports would return stating the ankle was fractured and Drew would need surgery that would be performed the following day. The Diamondbacks fell short losing the game but more importantly they lost perhaps their most consistent player for the remainder of the season.