The Colorado Rockies will miss the services of Alan Embree after the left-hander fractured his right tibia off a line drive on Friday night. Embree is scheduled to undergo surgery on Saturday for the injury.
“There will be some type of compression screw put in there,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Martin Prado, of the Atlanta Braves, smashed a 3-2 fastball straight back up the middle in the seventh inning. The ball struck Embree on the right shin and then went to Ian Stewart, the third baseman.
“It sounded awful,I couldn’t even track the ball it was hit so hard. It sounded really bad.” Chris Iannetta, Rockies catcher, said.
Even though Embree tried to be brave about the hit, and even stood up right after, he was unable to ignore the damage and was soon lying flat on the grass in front of the mound. He was eventually driven off the field on a cart, and Matt Daley took his place instead.
It was only after starter Ubaldo Jimenez, left the game after a delay of 52 minutes due to rain, that Embree had begun the seventh inning in relief. After retiring the first two batters, Prado hit the ball off his leg. The match eventually went in the favor of the Braves, who won 4-1.
“When I heard it and I realized it wasn’t his shoe that got hit, I was scared to death,” Tracy said. “When you see a ball get hit that hard and hit a pitcher where he has no opportunity to get a glove on it, it scares you to death.”
Having signed as a free agent this past off season, Embree has a 5.84 ERA, and was 2-2 in the 36 appearances he made. Tracy has already revealed that Embree will be replaced with a roster move before Saturday’s game against Atlanta.