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JD Martinez’s swing breaks Willson Contreras’ arm
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JD Martinez’s swing breaks Willson Contreras’ arm

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The Cardinals’ season took a brutal turn Tuesday when a swing by J.D. Martinez crushed catcher Willson Contreras’ left forearm, and the three-time All-Star left with what the team eventually announced as a left arm fracture.

With one out in the second inning, Miles Mikolas threw a slider that caused the Mets’ designated hitter to swing.

But Contreras appeared to be close enough to the plate for Martinez to make contact with his arm.

“This is definitely the most pain I have experienced,” Contreras told reporters afterwards. “I knew straight away it was a bad situation, and when I sat down in the mud it was numb. I knew it wasn’t right.”

Martinez eventually advanced to first base after the catcher interfered.

And Contreras was clearly in pain; the catcher, Mikolas and manager Oliver Marmol continued to answer questions about the risk of the position, especially as players move closer to the batter to make low throws.

“It’s a huge risk,” Marmol told reporters after the Cardinals lost 7-5 to the Mets, “and it’s been talked about. Even in the off-season it was a topic of discussion as there was talk of an increase in it. The more catchers are assessed for framing, the closer they get to the batter to get that low pitch. So it’s definitely a topic of conversation. The risk is high. We just experienced it.”

JD Martinez’s swing connected with Wilson Contreras. Screenshot via X/@BenVerlander

He rolled around behind the plate for a few moments, screaming in pain, before a trainer arrived and helped Contreras to the ground near the Cardinals dugout.

Earlier in the game, Contreras, who signed with the Cardinals after the 2022 season after seven MLB seasons with the Cubs, doubled — before later scoring — in the three-run first inning in St. Louis against Jose Butto.

Wilson Contreras left the field after being hit with a swing during the second inning. Screenshot via X/@BenVerlander
Wilson Contreras was clearly in pain after being hit with a flyer during the second inning of Tuesday’s game. Screenshot via X/@BenVerlander

He entered Tuesday night hitting .274 with a .931 OPS.

Contreras made All-Star appearances in 2018, 2019 and 2022, and was part of the Cubs team that broke the franchise’s 108-year World Series drought in 2016.

Eight years later, he would return to a pivotal role on a Cardinals team that was aiming for their second NL Central title over the past three seasons.

St. Louis kept its three-run lead intact until the fifth inning Tuesday, when the Mets erupted for six runs in the frame — three crossed the plate on a Brandon Nimmo homer, two scored on Pete Alonso’s double and another scored off Martinez RBI single. .




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