Brewers reliever tears ligament taking off his shoe

Baseball is one of those sports where weird things just seem to happen, on the field and off. Whether it’s Randy Johnson killing a bird with a fastball, or in the case of Brewers relief pitcher Will Smith, tearing your LCL taking off your shoe.

Smith (no relation to that Will Smith) was in the clubhouse after a spring training game Thursday when he lost his balance taking off his shoe, twisting his knee and thus tearing the ligament.

“I was standing on one leg, trying to take the shoe off and I pulled hard and it stayed on. My knee just went up and popped,” Smith said. “It sucks.”

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Smith will miss significant time and is awaiting word on whether he will need surgery or not.

The LCL is on the outside of the knee, connecting the femur (thighbone) to the lower leg bone (fibula). Its main function is to limit stress across the knee. Smith tore the LCL on his right leg, which is his all-important plant leg when pitching.

His absence will be felt as he was designated co-closer with Jeremy Jeffress.

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