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Tigers pitcher Matt Manning breaks right foot on Giancarlo Stanton's 119.5 mph comebacker

Detroit pitcher Matt Manning suffers a broken foot after being hit by a 119.5 mph comebacker from Giancarlo Stanton.

In a devastating turn of events, Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Manning suffered a broken right foot during a game against the New York Yankees. The injury occurred when Giancarlo Stanton hit a comebacker off Manning's foot at a staggering speed of 119.5 mph. This unfortunate incident will force Manning to sit out the remainder of the season, adding to the 2 1/2 months he missed earlier this year due to a similar injury caused by Toronto's Alejandro Kirk.

Manning expressed his frustration, stating that it was disheartening to injure the same foot in the same spot again. He acknowledged that there were no silver linings in this situation and recognized the sheer unluckiness of it all. However, he did find a small sense of pride in being hit by an MVP like Stanton, even if it was an unwelcome experience.

The impact of Stanton's powerful hit caused the ball to ricochet off Manning's foot, striking him on the backside before he managed to glove it and make the final out of the first inning by throwing to first base. The pitcher immediately received medical attention from an athletic trainer and manager A.J. Hinch, who noted that the injury occurred in a different spot compared to his previous foot injury.

It is worth mentioning that Manning had previously been struck by a 97.3 mph comebacker from Kirk on April 11, which kept him out of the game until June 27. Despite these setbacks, Manning has displayed a commendable performance this season, boasting a record of 5-4 with an ERA of 3.58 in 15 starts.

Hinch expressed sympathy for Manning, highlighting the rarity of pitchers being hit in the foot by line drives this season. To have experienced it twice is an incredibly unfortunate circumstance. Hinch further emphasized that any ball traveling at 119 mph is likely to result in an injury, regardless of where it strikes the body. Nevertheless, he remains confident in Manning's ability to bounce back, considering his resilience in overcoming various challenges throughout his career.

The Tigers' manager acknowledged that there is little one can do when faced with a hard-hit ball during the delivery. All they can hope for is a negative result from the X-ray, which unfortunately did not happen in this case.

This incident serves as a reminder of the inherent risks and dangers that come with playing professional baseball. It underscores the importance of protective measures and the need for players to remain vigilant on the field. As Manning begins his recovery process, the entire baseball community wishes him a speedy and successful return to the game he loves.

Source: [AP MLB](

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