San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt taken out by 4-year-old

To paraphrase a lyric from the song “Jeremy” by Pearl Jam

“Clearly I remember
Picking up the boy
Seemed a harmless little …..”

That may have been the best way for Jeremy Affeldt to greet the media when explaining his most recent trip to the disabled list.

Instead, he took a different route.

“I was separating frozen hamburgers, and I slipped on the floor.”

In fact, Affeldt sprained his knee when his four-year-old son Walker greeted the pitcher as he came home Saturday night by jumping off the sofa and into his father’s arms.

My first reaction to the news was: What was a four-year-old stilling doing up that late?

But then I remember Saturday’s night game started at 6 p.m. and only lasted 2 hours, 18 minutes. So Affeldt wouldn’t have come home that late.

My second thought was: the knee? He hurt his knee?

As a father of a young son who is big for his age, I know how dangerous they can be.

But I would have expected an injury like a strained back. I have had that happen to me. Kid jumps into your arms, and you thrown out your back.

The groin might be another susceptible area. Kids jumps into you, and you take it in the family jewels. Oh yes, I can see that.

And if that did happen, I’d say “Jeremy, take your 15 days. Heck, take 60 days if you need to.”

The Giants said Affledt’s knee sprain will take 7 to 10 days to heal, and then he’ll head to Fresno for a rehab stint. So it’s hoped he’ll be back by mid-month.

In the meantime, the Giants called up lefty Travis Blackley from Fresno, where he was 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA with three walks and 19 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings.

When asked for comment, former Giant Jeff Kent said: “Hurt by one of your kids jumping into your arms? Man! Why didn’t I think of that in 2002?”


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