Hot hitting Red Jeff Keppinger broke his kneecap after taking a foul ball off his left leg in the Reds’ win over the Marlins tonight. He stayed in on the rest of the at bat and fought for an RBI single. Tough guy. Here are some more details:
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Cincinnati Reds shortstop Jeff Keppinger left Tuesday’s game against the Florida Marlins after fouling a ball off his left knee, an injury later revealed to be a broken kneecap in the leg.
Keppinger, facing Marlins pitcher Mark Hendrickson, fouled a pitch off his leg with two outs and the bases loaded in the second, breaking his bat on the play.
He walked off the injury for a few seconds, then stepped back in and worked a walk, forcing in a run. The 28-year-old remained in the game for two more innings, but was lifted in the fourth for pinch-hitter Corey Patterson. Jerry Hairston Jr. moved from right field to shortstop the next inning.
Keppinger finished 1-for-1 with a first inning single, raising his batting average to .324. He is in the midst of a great start to a season, with three home runs and 21 runs batted in to go along with his .324 average.
Let’s hope he gets better REAL fast… he’s been a bright spot on the Reds the past few weeks.