While the Dodgers are playing the Rockies this afternoon at Talking Stick Park, right handed pitcher Matt Palmer will not be participating. Get this guys, Matt Palmer blew out his knee, just by walking! I am not kidding, and as the Dodgers report, he should be out anywhere from 6-8 weeks. According to the Dodgers, Palmer tore the medial meniscus of his left knee, and will require surgery to repair. Apparently Palmer was just walking, and playing catch on Saturday when his knee tore. The tore was discovered after he had an MRI done. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Brian Shafer in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Palmer is a 33 year old right hander the Dodgers signed back on December 18 to a minor league contract. Palmer wasn’t expected to make the big league roster, but was expected to fill out the Albuquerque Isotope’s rotation. Palmer has been utterly atrocious this spring during his short stint with the club, but perhaps that was due to his knee injury. Palmer has pitched in five frames this spring, and allowed nine runs on nine hits, while walking five.
Palmer is originally from Memphis Tennessee. He was drafted by the Giants in the 31 round of the 2002 amateur draft. He didn’t make his MLB debut until 2008 while with the Giants. Palmer pitched three seasons with the Angels from 2009-2011, and then pitched in only two big league innings last season with the Padres. Overall Palmer has pitched in 63 major league games, and logged 185.1 major league innings under his belt. Palmer had his best season back in 2009 for the Angels when he was 11-2 with a 3.93 ERA. However injuries unfortunately have cut his career short. All total Palmer’s major league totals show him as posting a 13-7 record, with a 4.56 ERA, and 98 whiffs against 94 walks.
Manager Don Mattingly said he wasn’t aware that Palmer’s knee injury had anything to do with his poor performance this spring, while attempting to spin doctor the injury. When asked about it, Mattingly only said, “He didn’t seem that wild.” Yeah, right I don’t think so Don.