They say receivers are some of the toughest players. Martín ‘Machete’ Maldonado is testimony to this.
The Puerto Rican catcher revealed on Saturday, after the Astros won the World Series championship, that he played with a broken bone in his left hand and that he has a hernia that will be operated on this week. Maldonado revealed his injuries in statements to the Houston Chronicle.
“No matter. What matters is winning. The team needs me. Pitchers need me,” he told the Chronicle.
Maldonado revealed that he played since August with the hand injury. He said the injury was caused by a ball. He added that he will undergo an operation this week to correct the hernia.
Martin Maldonado played most of the second half with a broken hand and a sports hernia that will require off-season surgery https://t.co/5WwF8ji0eZ
— ChandlerRome (@Chandler_Rome) November 6, 2022
The Naguabeño won the World Series with the Astros on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The catcher allowed five of the six games, including the sixth in which he reached base after playing for the team and getting hit by a pitch from Phillies starter Zach Wheeler. The bullet started the four-run streak that the Astros made to take the lead for good.
The 36-year-old Maldonado played in 113 games in the regular season. He also saw action in 11 of the Astros’ 13 postseason games.
In addition to driving in runs in the World Series, Maldonado received wins from starter Framber Valdez, as well as Justin Verlander. He also got the Astros’ bullpen that allowed only five runs in the entire postseason. Houston pitching scored 35 runs in 13 postseason games for an average of just three touchdowns per game.