I want to detail some of the scariest injuries of the 2013 MLB season in this article because Halloween is coming soon and it seemed fitting. Some of these injury videos may haunt you, so I advise discretion before watching any of them. The first injury that came to mind when I thought of the idea for this article was J.A. Happ's. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive early in the season and required months to recover from lasting effects. There seems to be a growing debate on pitchers being hit with line drives and if the MLB should institute some form of protection for pitcher on the mound. The injury is all to eerily similar to last year when Brandon McCarthy was hit in the head by a line drive. Alex Cobb was also hit in the head this year and lost months of his best season yet. Happ's injury video was included over Cobb's just because it happened earlier in the season. Happ had to be carted away on a stretcher, never knowing if he would ever be the same again. In the end, Happ suffered a skull fracture and actually sprained his right knee upon falling to the ground. Happ was hit on May 7th and did not return for three months and ultimately finished the season with a 4.56 ERA over 92.2 innings.
Another scary moment occurred on April 11th when a heated matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres broke out into a brawl. Carlos Quentin decided he had had enough and charged the mound after Zack Greinke had hit him with a pitch, and it resulted in a massive brawl between the two teams. Greinke's collarbone ended up being broken after the fight and he missed about a month of the season. The Dodgers were again involved in a brawl later in the season with the Diamondbacks after a very similar confrontation. After Quentin charges the mound, A.J. Ellis runs out to break the two apart. Seconds later, managerial staff, outfielders and hitters come from the dugout and outfield to break up the fight. Fortunately, Greinke recovers quickly enough to help bring the Dodgers the NL West title and finished the season excellently with a 2.63 ERA over 177.2 innings pitched.
Zach Greinke breaks collar bone, Dodgers vs. Padres Benches Clearing Fight (HD) (via Erick De La Rosa)
Manny Machado's injury was especially worrisome because his future looked incredibly bright. Very late into the season on September 23rd, Machado's left leg buckled and twisted inward as he stepped onto first base. He collapsed in pain and had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. The Baltimore Orioles' third baseman has been diagnosed with a medial patellofemoral ligament tear in his left knee; a small tear of the ligament connecting to his kneecap. He is set to be the future third baseman of the Orioles and should be ready to go before spring training after completing months of running exercise.
Manny Machado's Ugly Leg Injury (via Manny Machado)
Possibly not the scariest, but the saddest moment was Ramon Ortiz's injury on June 2nd. Having been a journeyman with an average 4.95 ERA since 1999, Ortiz had his contract purchased by the Blue Jays on June 1st prior to a starting fill-in he would make the next day. Always a lover of the game, Ortiz has played for eight different MLB teams and the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball. After throwing a pitch in the third inning, Ortiz knows something went wrong and throws his glove on the ground. He collapses in disbelief and frustration, not in pain. Ortiz only hopes that his elbow is fine and he will be able to ever pitch again. Unfortunately, we have yet to know for sure what truly happened to Ortiz because he was immediately placed on the disabled list and ended the season without word on exactly what his injury was, only that he had not broken an ulnar collateral ligament. Ortiz is the only one who knows if he will pitch ever again because he is a free agent now and has probably seen the last of his days in major league baseball. A somber and heartbreaking end to a pitcher who went largely unnoticed but simply played for his love of the game. I hope he recovers from his injury and is able to pursue his pitching endeavors in the future.
TOR@SD: Ortiz leaves the game with an apparent injury (via MLB)