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McBride near return from injury suffered after home run

Published: June 30, 2014, 7:36 pm, by Brent Briggeman

Matt McBride would have had one of those all-time embarrassing injury stories had what was rumored to happen actually happened.

As the story goes, the Sky Sox slugger broke the metatarsal bone while in his home run trot in April.

That’s not the war wound you want to have to tell your grandchildren about.

However, it wasn’t that simple. First, McBride wasn’t in a trot. The ball barely cleared the wall, so McBride was in a full sprint as he rounded first, which is when the injury occurred. Also, he had fouled a pitch off his foot a few days earlier, sending him down in pain. It is likely that something in the foot was already injured, and a misstep simply finished the job.

“It was like I got shot,” McBride said afterward.

McBride, who has added a mustache, is back with Colorado Springs, going through workouts with the Sky Sox. He said he’ll be sent out on a rehab assignment at short-season Grand Junction on July 3 or 4.

“So ready to get back,” he said.

The injury was the latest setback for McBride, who last year had to have two vertebrae fused after a herniated disc pushed up on his spinal cord.

That one was particularly rough, as McBride was tearing through the Pacific Coast League with a .328 average, 15 home runs and 45 RBIs through 48 games.

This was nearly as frustrating, as the Rockies have had an almost constant need for help from Colorado Springs. McBride’s defensive flexibility – an ability to play in the outfield, first base or catcher – would have made him a likely candidate for a promotion.