Prince Fielder had the hearts of Washington Nationals fans everywhere racing last week when he ripped a line drive back up the middle and off the left (non-throwing) wrist of ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
On a 1-1 pitch in the top of the fourth, Fielder centered up a Strasburg pitch and laced it just to Strasburg’s left. Washington’s pitcher, however, happens to fall off the mound a bit in that direction at the completion of his motion, and he attempted to catch the Fielder shot.
He failed, with the ball ricocheting off his wrist and into center field for a single.
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Strasburg immediately began shaking the wrist, in obvious pain. After several minutes talking with the Nationals’ trainer, though, he stayed in the game and completed three more innings.
The Tigers won, 4-3, with Strasburg taking the loss.