Tigers’ Alex Wilson breaks leg on Mauer line drive
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers reliever Alex Wilson broke his right fibula when hit by a 103.8 mph line drive off the bat of Minnesota’s Joe Mauer on Saturday night.
Wilson will not need surgery to repair the non-displaced fracture, which should heal in four-to-six weeks.
He fell to the ground after he was hit, got up and attempted a warm-up pitch before leaving the game.
“Honestly, all I thought was that my foot was numb,” Wilson said after Detroit’s 10-4 loss. “At the time, all I really remember was talking to (second baseman Ian) Kinsler. He was telling me to slow down and take my time. He asked if I was going to throw a pitch, and I said, `Yeah.’ He told me again to take my time. So, I backed off the mound again. I remember toeing the rubber. As soon as I got up on my backside to throw that pitch, I felt a shaky sensation, and when I drove, I felt a pop and the shooting pain.”
On Friday, Wilson’s daughter broke her collarbone. Earlier this season, Wilson underwent a biopsy to remove a spot of skin cancer from his nose.
“You know, 2017 wasn’t really kind to me,” Wilson said. “But it is what it is. I’ll be back next year, ready to go.”