Astros’ Phil Maton and Phillies’ David Robertson to miss playoffs after bizarre injuries

An MLB pitcher angrily hit his locker after a rough outing. Another happily got up to celebrate a teammate’s home run.

The emotions were different, but the results were the same: injuries that kept the Houston Astros’ Phil Maton and Philadelphia Phillies’ David Robertson off their teams’ postseason rosters.

Maton’s punch cost him a broken bone in his throwing hand and any chance of making the 2022 playoffs. Robertson will have to sit out at least one National League Division Series game against the Atlanta Braves after suffering a calf injury.

“It was kind of a short-sighted decision, and ultimately it was selfish,” Maton said Tuesday. “It’s one of those things that I hope won’t affect our team in the future.”

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A 29-year-old reliever who has made 67 appearances this season for Houston, Maton said he broke the fifth metacarpal in his right hand after a game last week against the Phillies.

Going into the game in the eighth inning, he recorded one out while hitting a batter and allowing two hits, including one to his brother, Philadelphia utility Nick Maton. Phil Maton gave up a deserved run on the streak and was charged with another after being lifted for another reliever, who gave up a sacrificial fly that brought Nick Maton home for the second of only two runs of Philadelphia in a 3-2 loss.

During surgery Monday, Maton said he had screws placed in his right hand.

The “most frustrating part” of his injury, the sixth-year MLB veteran said, was that he thought he “dropped the ball really well.”

“Even last month when I had a 4.00 ERA, my thought process was to have a really good last month and try to get my body in a good position to be playoff ready. and having my best stuff for this time of year,” he told reporters at Minute Maid Park in Houston before an American League Division Series game with the Seattle Mariners.

“No apologies for what I did,” added Maton.

Robertson, who made 22 appearances for Philadelphia in relief following a mid-season trade from the Chicago Cubs, was injured when he jumped into the dugout on Saturday after Phillies’ Bryce Harper homered at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The second-inning blast launched Philadelphia to a 2-0 win over the Cardinals to complete a two-game sweep of their first-round series, but now the Phillies must move forward without an experienced bullpen arm .

“He’s devastated,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said of the 37-year-old Robertson on Tuesday when Philadelphia faced the Braves in Game 1 at Truist Park in Atlanta. “He really wanted to cast on the show. He knows how important he is at this club and he is very disappointed. Believe me, he will work and do everything he can to get back as soon as possible.

Third-year pitcher Nick Nelson replaced Robertson on Philadelphia’s NLDS roster. The manager said he and his staff “don’t know” if Robertson could be available if the Phillies qualified for the NL Championship Series.

In place of Phil Maton, the Astros named rookie Hunter Brown to their ALDS roster. The right-hander notched a 0.89 ERA in seven appearances, including two starts, and 20⅓ innings.

The Astros and Phillies got off to a great start on Tuesday. Philadelphia built a six-point lead over Atlanta and held on for a 7-6 victory, then Houston came back from a four-point deficit and won an 8-7 win over Seattle on the three-way homer. points from Yordan Alvarez with two outs in the ninth.

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