Astros Starter "Heard A Large Pop" From His Leg; Hits IL

The pop of the mitt... The crack of the bat... These are things you love to hear at the ballpark. But if you're a pitcher on the mound, a "large pop" from your leg is definitely not something you want to hear. Unfortunately, that was the case for Houston Astros pitcher Jake Odorizzi when he left the mound Monday night and was carted off the field. 

Odorizzi apparently aggravated ("p*ssed off" as he puts it) some tendons and ligaments around his ankle and foot, and he says it was a tendon that runs parallel to the Achilles that caused the distressing "pop" that he heard. The Achilles itself, though, is fine, which is good news.

He's been placed on the 15-day IL for now with "strains and sprains" of some ligaments, though there's no timeline for a return at this point. The 32-year-old insists that he'll be back to pitch this season. He was off to a nice start with the Astros, with a 3.13 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP, both considerably better than his 11-year career marks of 3.92 and 1.24. 

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