Darvish grabbed headlines during the first week of the season, missing a perfect game by one out. His numbers in his first start were sensational as he fanned 14 Astros before Marwin Gonzalez singled up the middle. His second start didn't go as smoothly as he surrendered six hits, four walks, and three earned runs before exiting with an injury on his right ring finger. While many are calling the injury a blister, Darvish hinted it's more of an abrasion than a pocket of fluid. The skin on the inside of the finger came off, likely due to the repetitive friction created during his near-perfect outing.
Blisters and finger abrasions are common in baseball, especially for pitchers. Generally friction develops between the skin and the seam of the baseball, causing fluid to build and the skin to be come irritated and in some cases raw. Blisters are often seen in the beginning of the season, as the skin on the fingers has not yet toughened. These types of
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