Indians Reliever Tommy Hunter Slips While Carrying Son, Fractures Vertebra

Tommy Hunter hit the disabled list Sunday, and the cause was good parenting.

The Cleveland Indians reliever was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture to one of the vertebrae in his lower back after an incident that occurred while he was home over the All-Star break. Hunter apparently had to choose protecting his son over protecting his season, and he made the right choice.

“He had a little mishap at home during the break,” Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday, per’s Paul Hoynes. “He was carrying his child, missed a step and banged his back trying to protect his child.

“He called the trainers, but thought he’d be OK in a couple of days. We tried to protect him the last couple of days, but he was out there throwing Saturday and feeling it.”

It’s an unfortunate situation, as Hunter has been consistently good for the Indians this season. However, the team probably won’t be too upset about it considering the circumstances.

Thumbnail photo via Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jul 3, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Tommy Hunter (48) during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

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