Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla shot himself in the thigh while hunting in Nicaragua.
It's only funny because he's not seriously injured... or dead.
There are a few different stories floating around out there as to what actually went down. According to media reports in Nicaragua, Padilla was injured at a shooting range. At least two other reports stated that he was accidentally shot by a bodyguard who was attempting to fix Padilla's gun. USA Today says the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
Regardless of how it happened, he's going to be just fine, as the bullet mearly grazed his skin and he was in and out of the hospital in 40 minutes. His agent, Adam Katz, was informed by Dodgers general manager Ned Coletti that the team is interested in re-signing him for next season, which may be a pleasant surprise after his Game 5 clusterfu*k.
Padilla, who is expected to file for free agency, went 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA in 18 starts for the Texas Rangers this season before the Dodgers decided to give him a shot (heh) when Hiroki Kuroda was beaned in the head by a line drive and could no longer pitch.
To LA's delight, he went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA down the stretch, and continued to shine with two excellent post season starts. Then came Game 5, where he was shelled for six runs in three innings as the Philadelphia Phillies went on to win the pennant.
Get well soon, Vicente!
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