A's pitcher heads to IL after breaking pinkie finger while playing video games


Add another one to the unusual baseball injuries list.

Oakland A’s pitcher Jesus Luzardo was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday with a hairline fracture in his pinkie finger of his pitch hand, which he got from … playing video games.

The left-hander apparently “bumped” his hand on a desk while gaming prior to his start on Saturday, which he still made, according to manager Bob Melvin.

It was clear something was off with the southpaw as he lasted just three innings after allowing six runs — three earned — on five hits and two walks with only one strikeout in an 8-4 loss to the Orioles.

Melvin said that Luzardo did come in and told the training staff he was sore prior to the start and that he was evaluated and threw in the cage and everything felt comfortable. The training staff watched as well and cleared him to pitch.

The A’s did not learn it was a fracture until after the game when the 23-year-old had an X-ray on his hand.

It is unclear how much time Luzardo will miss and whether or not if he will need a splint or cast for the finger.

That must have been quite the bump.

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