Bad luck occurs in threes for Peoria's Thomas

Peoria Chiefs pitcher Chris Thomas, already on the seven-day disabled list, will be there longer.

Already on the seven-day disabled list, Peoria Chiefs pitcher Chris Thomas will likely be out much longer. Following batting practice on Sunday afternoon, the 25-year-old right-hander was running with fellow pitchers in the outfield when he crumpled to the ground.

Attended to by teammates as well as trainer Mike Petrarca and pitching coach Jason Simontacchi, Thomas remained on the turf in obvious pain. One fellow Chiefs hurler said he heard a loud "pop" as Thomas went down.

A bone in his ankle was reportedly displaced. After at least 10 minutes passed, Thomas' left leg was put in an air cast and he was carted off the field.

It was another bad break at an especially bad time.

Thomas first went on the disabled list on June 7 with an oblique strain. Before he could make it fully back, appendicitis struck, setting him back again.

Before his ankle injury, Thomas was almost ready for activation. The Liberty, MO native had thrown a bullpen session on Saturday and was progressing well.

It would now seem his season is over. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder had joined Peoria from extended spring training camp on May 22. Just two weeks later, Thomas was placed on the DL.

The 2012 free agent signee and former Avila College hurler allowed two runs in his first 7 2/3 innings of Midwest League work (2.35 ERA). Thomas fanned 11 and walked just two. He appeared in just four games.


Thomas reappeared in the Chiefs dugout in the seventh inning with his ankle in a wrap. I will try to get more information following the game.

After Thomas was examined at the hospital, it was determined the injury is a sprain, not a break. Obviously, by the initial actions and reports, it was expected to have been much worse, so the bottom line is positive.

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