Jeremy Affeldt, a key member of the San Francisco Giants bullpen, was injured while standing in the team's dugout during the top of the eighth inning of Thursday afternoon's series-clinching win against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 of the NLDS.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 5:35 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Affeldt wasn't hit by a foul ball, but injured while trying to dodge it:
Affeldt jammed his left thumb falling on his back evading Blanco foul. Hand in brace because "they didn't want me to bang it in celebration.— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) October 11, 2012
The "brace" part will undoubtedly scare Giants fans, but it sounds like more of a precaution than anything. Affeldt has three days until Game 1 of the NLCS to get healed up from a seemingly minor injury.
Stay tuned as we'll be sure to provide you with new updates as they become known.
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Comcast Sports' Andrew Baggarly reports that Affeldt was struck by a foul ball and lost his balance:
Affeldt got hit by foul ball and fell down the stairs. He likely would've faced Bruce. Now Bochy has to use his Lopez bullet.— Andrew Baggarly (@CSNBaggs) October 11, 2012
SWX Sports Anchor Michelle Dapper gives us an update on the Spokane, WA native:
Spokane native @jeremyaffeldt with a sling on his throwing arm/wrist after getting hit by foul ball— Michelle Dapper (@soDAPPERswx) October 11, 2012
Affeldt has come up big for the Giants so far in the playoffs, never bigger than in Game 4, when he threw two innings of scoreless baseball, allowing only one hit and striking out one.
In three postseason games, he has yet to allow a run, scattering three hits and a walk over 3.2 innings of work while striking out two batters.
Affeldt's availability for the NLCS now becomes a major concern for manager Bruce Bochy and the Giants as they wait to find out who they will take on in the next round of the playoffs.
If he can't go, options to pick up his workload figure to include Javier Lopez and Jose Mijares.
Lopez has retired both batters that he's faced in the playoffs, and he posted a 2.50 ERA and 1.42 WHIP during the regular season.
Mijares, who was solid during the regular season with a 2.56 ERA and 1.27 WHIP, struggled mightily in Game 2 against the Reds, allowing two hits and three earned runs without recording an out.
Check back with B/R for the latest updates on his status heading into the NLCS.