In case you missed the game yesterday, Gregor Blanco was injured in Sunday’s final game after a collision with Angel Pagan. It seemed like the most appropriate (in a bad sense) way to end a disappointing season. One last game, on final injury.
Blanco, 29, was hurt when he and center fielder Angel Pagan collided as they pursued pinch-hitter Will Venable’s ninth-inning drive to left-center field. Though their collision wasn’t head-on, Blanco received the worst of it as Pagan dove to try to avoid contact and inadvertently administered Blanco the equivalent of a cross-body block. Blanco tumbled over Pagan and remained on the grass for several minutes until he rose and was helped off the field by members of the athletic training staff who flanked him.
The injury looked pretty gnarly, both in person and on television. However, an MRI revealed just an ankle sprain.
Just a high ankle sprain for Gregor Blanco. Listed as season-to-season, I suppose.
— Alex Pavlovic (@AlexPavlovic) September 30, 2013
After Blanco left the game, he was replaced in left field by Francisco Peguero. It’s a good thing that Blanco ended up not being seriously injured because as you probably know, Peguero hit the game tying home run. It was also his first career home run. According to Andrew Baggarly, Blanco was pretty happy for his teammate.
Blanco nearly jumped off the X-ray table when he saw his replacement, Peguero, hit the tying HR. "Well, I guess everything worked out."
— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) September 30, 2013
Here is that home run that Peguero hit.