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Yuni wears an ankle guard April 9, 2008

Posted by Brad in commentary, photos.
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I’ve noticed this over the course of the season, but here it is, photographic proof that Yuniesky Betancourt wears an ankle guard:
Yuniesky and his ankle guard

It’s the shiny thing he’s taking off, after he hit a double down the line, even though the Fox base graphic at the top of the screen tried to limit him to a single.  I have no idea why Yuni wears it. As far as I know, he’s never had an ankle injury: at the end of last year, his bum right elbow sidelined him, and a basic Google search reveals nothing.

It’s disheartening that Yuni won’t take foul tips to the ankle like a man. At least he’s not wearing a hit-by-pitch magnet/brace on his left elbow.  And why is he more concerned with protecting his ankle with this guard than his junk with a cup?  An ankle guard may protect you against some things, but it didn’t protect Yuni from this later in the game:

Yuni getting alls struck out

Nice form there, Yuni.   Still, yesterday Yuni got two hits, Erik Bedard’s curve was deadly, the bullpen didn’t give up a lead, and the M’s won.  I’m happy.

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