Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn probably played his last game of the 2021 season on Saturday – and in the worst-case scenario, the last game of his Major League Baseball career.
Quinn was forced out of the loss to the Tampa Bay Rays early and had to be blown off the field by manager Joe Girardi and a team coach. A brace from Ronald Torreyes in the fifth round brought Odubel Herrera home. When Quinn rounded third and tried to score the tie on the same extra hitting play, he fell, stood up and hobbled on home plate – unable to place a weight on his left leg.
After the game, Girardi told reporters the Phillies weren’t expecting good news about Quinn’s injury. The former second-round pick in the 2011 draft – who played 178 red-striped games in the 2016 and 2018-21 seasons – suffered an MRI on his left Achilles.
“Man I feel for Quinn,” Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen tweeted Saturday night. “I hurt for him knowing how hard this man was. It changes the game. For him, hurting himself like that and finishing the play shows how much he wants it every time he’s there. Heal my brother.
More information will surely be published in the coming days. Quinn had just joined the team a few days earlier, having been absent with a laceration to his right index finger.
The 28-year-old hasn’t had much luck with injuries throughout his professional career. Coincidentally, his first major injury ruptured his right Achilles tendon in the fall of 2013. His current injury to his left Achilles could well end his five-season MLB career.
Torreyes equalizes 2-2 for the Phils, but Roman Quinn is limp on his way to home plate: pic.twitter.com/hc4OyM3stP
We only wish Roman the best. When in good health he was a constant speed threat on base paths for the Phillies, having stolen 39 bases and being caught just eight times. Last season, Quinn was 12-12 in stolen bases. In 2019, he had 8 for 8.
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