Neshek could be sidelined with foot injury
Astros relief pitcher Pat Neshek is expected to be sidelined for a few days with soreness on the outside of his right foot, he said Tuesday. The extent of the injury isn’t known, but Neshek underwent x-rays and Monday and an MRI on Tuesday, and the results were pending.
Neshek, who signed a two-year, $12.5-million contract with an option, said he felt “something in there” in the first week of spring camp and attributed it to wearing longer spikes or even tying his shoes too tightly. What is known, though, is that surgery won’t be necessary.
“It might have been the start of a small cracking maybe, which would make you back up the running or be in a boot for 10 days,” he said. “It’s real minor, but let’s cut it right now. They said I caught it at a great point, where if you catch now it won’t get worse. That’s a good thing.”
Neshek said he was relieved.
“When I went in yesterday I asked them and they said possibly it could be surgery [injury] and it freaked me out, but that’s not the case,” he said. “It’s relatively minor and will take a few days to heal me up.”
Neshek said it could be the start of a stress fracture, which certainly wouldn’t be a big deal.
“I’m not really too worried,” he said. “I just want to make sure my body feels great. It’s kind of nagging, and that’s the reason I said something and I’m glad I did and hopefully that’s the right diagnosis and we can get it all fixed up here in a week.”
Neshek, 34, is coming off an All-Star season with the Cardinals in which he went 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA in 71 games. He struck out 68 batters and walked only nine in 67 1/3 innings, while saving six games.
Neshek, who has an explosive sidearm delivery, began his career with the Twins and underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the 2009 season. He appeared in 25 games for San Diego in 2011, and a combined 59 games for the A’s in 2012-13.