Carlos Pena Out for the Season
In the last month, Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays has been on fire. In fact, he has arguably been the hottest player in the game of baseball. On Monday, however, it all came to a screeching halt.
After getting hit on his left hand by a fastball thrown by C.C. Sabathia of the New York Yankees, Pena broke two fingers — ending his season. X-rays showed that he broke his index and middle fingers. Pena knew there was trouble right away.
Said Pena: “I knew when the ball hit me it was going to be bad. You don’t take a 95 mph fastball on the finger and live to tell about it — or the finger live to tell about it.”
To finish the 2009 baseball season, Pena totaled 39 homers, 100 RBIs and 91 runs. The only blemish on his stats is his .227 batting average. Both his batting average and on-base percentage have fallen each year while with the Rays. That said, the Rays would have been out of the playoff picture a long time ago if it wasn’t for the native of the Dominican Republic.
As it is, Pena is unlikely to miss any playoff action this year because Tampa Bay has fallen out of the chase. For the AL Wild Card, the Rays are 7.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox and 5 games behind the Texas Rangers.