One could be forgiven for thinking that there was more to the Jesus Luzardo story than had been reported. He claimed to have bumped his hand while gaming, fracturing his finger before his outing on Saturday. It was easy to imagine that something else had happened, and that neither the team nor Luzardo wanted to tell the truth of the situation.
Instead, that was actually what happened. Luzardo reacted to something that happened in the unnamed game, fracturing his finger in a way that he demonstrated during a conference call on Tuesday.
Jesus Luzardo owns up to mistake
Luzardo called his injury “stupid” and “an immature mistake,” saying that it was something he needed to learn from. He had already apologized to manager Bob Melvin and his teammates for putting them in a difficult situation, both on Saturday and going forward as they wait for his finger to heal.
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For his part, Luzardo does not plan on ending his gaming habit. He had said that he has been an avid gamer since his younger days, something that he plans on continuing to enjoy once his finger is healed. However, he is going to make some changes, such as possibly sitting further away from the table while playing.
It is possible that the time off with be beneficial as well. Luzardo had struggled in the early going this season, posting a 1-3 record with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.607 WHiP in his 28 innings. He had struck out 30 batters while issuing 12 walks, but had also fired two wild pitches and allowed five homers as his command just seemed off.
Now, Luzardo can get away from the mound for a time, giving him the chance to clear his head. He may need a rehab assignment or two, depending on how long he is out, which would give him a chance to further work on any potential mechanical issues he has been fighting. Sometimes, just getting that time away can make a tremendous difference.
Jesus Luzardo does not plan on stopping his gaming hobby any time soon. However, he will make some adjustments due to his unfortunate injury.