SAN FRANCISCO — Giants reliever Reyes Moronta collapsed to the ground in pain after firing a 97.5-mile per hour fastball to Padres shortstop Luis Urias on Saturday.
Moronta, 26, appeared to clutch his pitching arm and received immediate attention from the Giants medical staff and manager Bruce Bochy. The right-hander walked off the field under his own power, but his dramatic injury led to silence around Oracle Park.
Bochy announced postgame that Moronta has initially been diagnosed with an acute right shoulder strain and will have a MRI on Sunday.
“He’s going to be down I’m sure for awhile,” Bochy said.
Here’s the pitch on which Reyes Moronta injured his arm. Terrible sight. Hope this isn’t as bad as it looks. pic.twitter.com/I3uuJZxRnL
— Kerry Crowley (@KO_Crowley) September 1, 2019
Moronta left Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres in the top of the sixth inning after throwing just three pitches. Following a pair of fastballs that missed the strike zone, Moronta threw a 97.5-mile per hour fastball to Urias before dropping to the ground in pain.
The entire Giants infield surrounded Moronta as he received attention from a member of the Giants’ medical staff. Right-hander Tyler Rogers was tabbed to replace him.
Moronta underwent Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his right elbow after blowing out while pitching for the Giants’ Low-A affiliate in Salem-Keizer in 2013. Bochy said the Giants do not believe Moronta suffered any damage to his elbow on Saturday.