Friday, February 21, 2014

Jonathan Broxton's bones are stronger than steel drill bits, apparently


One look at Jonathan Broxton is all it takes to realize that the Reds reliever is a mountain of man. His listed height and weight of 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, respectively, serves as further confirmation of his massiveness.

Despite the fact that Broxton is built like a brick house, he's prone to injury just like the rest of us, and that's what happened when he tore a flexor tendon in his right forearm last August. It came during a game against the Diamondbacks in which he said he literally felt the tear when it happened.

The injury was severe enough to require surgery and Broxton went under the knife two days later. The surgery was performed by none other than team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek and by all accounts it was without fault.

Well, except for a tiny detail Mark Sheldon of MLB.com included in a post from Friday, which essentially revealed that steel is no match against Broxton's superior body.

Here's the excerpt that caught my attention:
He later watched a video of Dr. Tim Kremchek performing the procedure. One thing he noticed was that Kremchek broke two drill bits while drilling into his bone.
"He said it was the first time that had happened in 20 years," Broxton said.
Unfortunately, Sheldon doesn't elaborate on this medical marvel, so we don't know the rest of the details, but it left me with a few questions. Namely, why did Broxton want to see a replay of his arm getting operated on? And what was going through Dr. Kremchek's mind after the second drill bit broke? Did he happen to have a fourth on hand just in case the third broke as well?

These are the questions that keep men awake at night.

Photo Credit: Ross D. Franklin

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