John Lindsey, who toiled for 16 years and had 6,342 plate appearances in the minor leagues, finally made the big leagues this season with the Dodgers. But, his feel-good story had a terrible ending as Lindsey broke his left hand tonight when he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning by Daniel Hudson of the Diamondbacks. Lindsey is out for the season, as reported on Dodger Talk after the game on KABC.
Lindsey did get his first major league hit two weeks ago, with his family in attendance in Houston, so it's not all bad. He finished his first big league stint with one hit in 12 at-bats, and of course that hit-by-pitch.
The 33-year-old is well-liked by just about everyone in the organization, and always has a smile on his face whether on the field or in the clubhouse. Everyone was rooting for him to succeed, and it looked like he would get more chances in the final seven games of the season. But now, he won't get that chance, at least not this season.
Lindsey will likely be a free agent this winter, as the Dodgers probably won't keep him on the 40-man roster. He will probably continue his run of signing a minor-league contract somewhere, perhaps back in the Dodgers organization, and hope to get another chance at the big leagues.