On Wednesday, Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams took to the media announce that he broke his pitching hand after jubilating the team's clinch of the NL Central on Sunday
According to MLB's Adam McCalvy, the reliever confirmed that he had way too much drink during the celebration with the team and he ended up punching a wall on his way back home.
"I had a few drinks. On my way home, I was a little frustrated, upset and I punched a wall," Williams said via Kingjohnnie. "That's how it happened."
"I’m pretty upset with myself. There’s no one to blame but me. I feel like I’ve let my team down, our coaching staff, our fans, everyone. I know how important of a role I play on this team and a lot of people count on me."
The reliever will be needing to undergo surgery and he's highly expected to miss out on the playoffs, which serve as a blow to his team and coach.
Apparently, Williams and his team didn't recognise how serious the injury was till his discomfort was felt on Tuesday when he was trying to throw, which ultimately led to an X-ray scan that revealed the fracture in the hand.
Following this, the Brewers moved Williams to the 10-day injured list on Wednesday. President of baseball operations David Stearns admitted Williams still have a chance to pitch in the World Series should the Brewers be able to advance.
The Brewers' hopes of advancing higher were given a major blow due to Williams' untimely injury. The reliever is the reigning NL Rookie of the Year as well as the Reliever of the Year and Cy Young Award votes in 2020 due to his performance from the Brewers bullpen.
Having registered 58 appearances for the Milwaukee franchise, Williams has been able to record a 2.50 ERA with 87 strikeouts and 28 walks in 54 innings, with machines a sous backing his games up with odds.
In his partnership with All-Star closer Josh Hader, Williams was able to lead the bullpen that could be counted on for a late lead. In addition to a rotation with three All-Star players boasting sub-3.0 ERAs in Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee seemed poised to reach the postseason with a team that could perform well in the World Series.
Williams' injury, however, brings the Milwaukee Brewers back to altering their pitching strategy with NLDS play slated to begin on October 8. But being in the MLB means they should be able to find their way around it, after all, the Brewers are not your average team.