Nick Burdi receives promising diagnosis on frightening arm injury
Nick Burdi received some preliminary encouraging news on Tuesday concerning the arm injury he suffered during Monday night’s game, a positive development given how frightening it looked.
The Pittsburgh Pirates reliever collapsed on the mound and ultimately was left in tears after a pitch during the eighth inning of Monday’s 12-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Tuesday that Burdi, who underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2017, suffered a “strained biceps tendon and flexor mass.” Burdi will be sidelined indefinitely, but if a second examination reveals no further structural damage, surgery will not be necessary.
The plan is for Pirates reliever Nick Burdi to seek a second opinion, per source. The injury was so painful and the feeling so acute, Burdi wants to ensure that rehab is indeed the preferred course of action and he can avoid another procedure on his surgically repaired right arm.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 23, 2019
Players, coaches and managers for both teams were left emotional amid the gut-wrenching scene, and watching the incident play out makes such a response understandable.
#Pirates No. 24 prospect Nick Burdi, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017, exited tonight’s game clutching his right elbow/bicep after releasing a 96.7 FB.— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 23, 2019
Here’s @adamdberry with the details: https://t.co/ZkdahYq6gH pic.twitter.com/kSxJS8PUGu
Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove, however, has since indicated Burdi is in much better spirits after getting over the initial shock of the incident.
“He’s in good spirits. He’s engaging. He’s talking to us. He’s not in a corner, crying,” Musgrove said, via MLB.com. “He’s ready to face whatever it is. He’s got the work ethic and the mentality to bounce back from something like this.”
Burdi without question faces some recovery time, but given his past and the scene that played out Monday night, it seemingly could have been much, much worse.