‘I hit meat.’ Ex-Red Sox star fractures player’s arm with bat swing


St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras, left, is helped off the field by trainer Adam Olsen, right, after being injured during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Tuesday, May 7, 2024, in St. Louis. Contreras left the game. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)AP

Former Boston Red Sox star J.D. Martinez was involved in a scary scene Tuesday night when his swing fractured the arm of St. Louis Cardinals catcher Willson Contreras.

Martinez, now a member of the New York Mets, was at the plate in the second inning when he swung at a pitch. But instead of hitting the ball, Martinez’s bat caught the left arm of Contreras behind the plate.

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Willson’s cry of pain could be heard on the TV broadcast as the two-time All-Star catcher clutched his arm. The play was ruled as catcher interference, which awarded Martinez first base. Video of the incident can be seen here.

“So right now I mean, I’m in pain pretty good, but I’m really upset missing,” Contreras said. “I know that it’s going to be tough for me to watch the games and not out there with the guys, but I’m going to do my best to stay present, pick each other up and cheer for them because that’s the best thing I can do.”

After the game, Martinez told reporters that he felt terrible about the play.

“I hit meat,” Martinez said, via the Associated Press. “I felt like I hit meat. I didn’t hit like just like a glove where you kind of just point back to catcher, it was just solid. I was like, dude, I hit him good. … I felt terrible.”


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