“I was getting ready to start that inning, and then I turned around kind of like I normally do, just kind of look at the defense and make sure that that they’re all ready to go, and you see him just sitting on the ground there, and really wasn’t sure,” Patrick Corbin said of the really odd injury Luis García suffered in-between the second and third innings in Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Nationals Park.
García K’d looking in his first at bat of the game in the bottom of the second, then went out to take grounders once the home-half of the inning ended, when he was suddenly gripped by a cramp in his right hamstring. García fell to the ground. Trainers came out. And he left the field with assistance.
“It looked like he grabbed his hamstring,” Corbin said, after what ended up a 4-1 loss for the Nationals.
“I’m still not quite sure what it was, I’m not really sure how he did it, it’s just a strange injury when they’re just warming up, just throwing some ground balls, and trying to throw it over to first and someone is [lying] on the ground.”
“He got a really bad cramp in his hamstring,” manager Davey Martinez told reporters in his post game Zoom call with reporters. “We couldn’t get it to loosen up, but I think tomorrow, we’ll probably send him to get an MRI to make sure that’s all it was. So in the morning we’ll send him to go get an MRI.”
Martinez said that as far as he knew, there was no one thing that happened that led to the issue.
“He actually said he was — when he ran out in-between innings it kind of bit him a little bit, but he didn’t think nothing of it and as he started taking his ground balls in-between innings it got tighter and tighter to where it grabbed him really good where he had to lay on the ground.
“Hopefully it is just a cramp and then we can go from there,” Martinez said. “But I wanted to be really cautious.
“When we got him off the ground it was still cramped up pretty good, so we just want to be safe.”
Martinez was right there with Corbin and everyone watching who thought it was a real odd situation.
“I asked him too, ‘Did you slip? Did you feel it on your swing?’ You know. Because literally I was watching him and all of a sudden he went to the ground. But he said no, he said it just started cramping up and then it got really bad.”