02/19/08 3:00 PM ET
Pence injured in sliding door tumble
Outfielder treated for lacerations on knee and hands
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
Pence called it a "silly" accident, one that occurred around 9:30 p.m. ET on Monday when he hit a sliding glass door that he did not realize was closed.
Pence and a friend were about to take a dip in a hot tub outside of the house, and unbeknownst to Pence, his friend had closed the door behind them. Pence got out of tub to use the restroom and walked into the door, which shattered around him.
"It's pretty silly to have this kind of freak accident happen," Pence said. "I didn't think I would go through a glass door. Normally, it wouldn't shatter like that. Somehow, it shattered and I was stuck in the middle of a bunch of broken glass."
Pence jumped into the shower to wash the broken glass off of him, but when he noticed he was excessively bleeding, he called his parents. They told him to call 911, and soon after, according to Pence, "firemen, emergency people and medics came to the house."
Pence received bandages to stop the bleeding, and the medics gave him directions to the emergency room. Pence returned home around 4:30 a.m. ET
Pence has a large cut on his right hand, near his index finger, and several stitches on various knuckles. He also received stitches on his left knee and is wearing a brace, but only to prevent him from bending the knee and unhinging the stitches.
"It forces me to walk with a stiff leg," Pence said. "It really doesn't hurt at all, it's just there. It looks worse than it is."
Pence admitted he was somewhat embarrassed by the incident.
"It's embarrassing, but I'm not one to get embarrassed," he said. "I made a mistake, something silly happened and hopefully it'll just kind of heal up and we'll move on.
"It's very frustrating, to not be a part of the team and get started and be out there with everyone. It's something I've got to live with and move on and try to get better."
Pence received the expected ribbing from his Astros teammates, but all joking aside, the accident could have been much worse. For that, Pence's manager is grateful.
"It was just a freak accident," Astros skipper Cecil Cooper said. "Those things happen. Hunter knows how to handle himself, and he doesn't have to come out here and prove anything, anyway. I'm glad there's nothing major and we'll look forward to him getting back out here when he's ready."
Added GM Ed Wade, "Having seen him run and hit two days ago, I don't think missing a week in February is really going to impact very much on where he's at March 31 [Opening Day] in San Diego."
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.