This season, it was Brian Bruney who emerged as the early-season surprise for the New York Yankees, and he got some very important outs in the seventh and eighth innings during the first three weeks. But Bruney's year just came to a sudden halt, as the reliever found out on Friday that he will need season-ending surgery to repair a tear of the Lisfranc joint in his right foot.
Bruney, 26, visited foot specialist Dr. William Hamilton at Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, confirming the team's worst fears. Bruney suffered the injury on Tuesday in Chicago, rolling his foot while running to cover first base.
The Lisfranc injury is uncommon in baseball, although John Olerud suffered the same injury while playing for the Yankees in the 2004 playoffs. Football players have fallen victim to the problem more often, including Giants defensive ends Michael Strahan and Justin Tuck, who both missed significant time with the injury in 2006. Bruney was 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 12 games. In 11-1/3 innings, the righthander allowed two runs on seven hits and six walks, striking out 12.
I mean...it figures right?!