Hunter Strickland let a blown save get the best of him, and it will cost him.
The Giants closer broke his hand punching a door in frustration Monday after coming out of a 5-4 loss to the Marlins. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he will require surgery and will miss six to eight weeks.
After news of the injury surfaced Tuesday, Strickland penned a heartfelt apology on Instagram, calling his move a "stupid decision."
"Life has an interesting and sometimes disappointing way of opening up our eyes," Strickland wrote. "Words cannot describe the amount of regret and sorrow I have for my actions. I have let down the ones that care and mean the most, as well as the ones that count on me day in and day out. To my family, my teammates, my coaches, this organization, and our fan base, I am truly sorry that one split second, stupid decision has caused so much harm and now set me back from being out there with my team to pursue our goal. As well as providing for my family. I own all responsibilities and consequences because these were no ones actions but myself.
"I will work hard to get back with the guys and help contribute to some more wins. This is our life, and we take pride in what we do, so when we fail it hurts. But that is by no means an excuse because every action has a reaction — which is what I’m seeing now. I’ve made a mistake and regret it, but I will not give up and will learn from this! I completely understand how this portrays my character, which I will humbly work on areas in my life that need refinement.
"I sincerely didn’t do this out of selfishness, but simply because I let down the ones that count on me most and my emotions got the best of me in that moment. So again, I’m sorry, and now I have to move forward."
Strickland got the hook in the ninth after giving up three earned runs, on three hits and two walks, and only recording one out. It was his fourth blown save of the season, but second in four days.
“I’m sure he felt fully responsible (for the loss). He didn’t think before it happened," Bochy said (via NBC Sports). Bochy added he was "disappointed" and "crushed" because he'd seen Strickland mature as a person and pitcher.
The 29-year-old right-hander has 13 saves and a 2.84 ERA in his first season as the Giants closer.
With Strickland out, Bochy said he will go with either Tony Watson or Sam Dyson as interim closer.