R.A. Dickey’s magic-carpet ride of a season came to an end last night. With one final chance to leave the Cy Young voters with no doubt he took on the Marlins in Miami, a team he has dominated over the past two seasons to the tune of a 8-0 record and an ERA near one. Dickey by no means lost the award last night, but it certainly wasn’t his most dominated effort allowing three runs in six innings of work.
Dickey finished the season with 233.2 IP, 5 CG, a 2.73 ERA, 230 K, and a 20-6 record. He leads the league in innings, strikeouts and complete games.
Most of us were impressed with Dickey’s accomplishments this season, especially after reading in his book and understanding what he went through in his life to get to this point. After the game yesterday, Dickey shed some light on a new issue he has dealt with since April – a torn abdominal muscle. Dickey revealed he tore the stomach muscle his second start of the season against the Phillies and aggravated it last night in the second inning.
Dickey said after the game, “The pain was fairly significant from time to time. We just did a good job of managing that.” He said he received an MRI in the middle of the season and knew surgery was imminent whenever his season would end. “I was on my knees about it many times, hoping that it was not going to get more significant than it was…Fortunately, we were able to last the whole year.”
Surgery is already scheduled for the Cy Young hopeful on October 18th. “I guess the timing is fortuitous in that the significant pain that I’m feeling now, I hadn’t felt before. But, tonight, it was hard to catch my breath sometimes. It’s obvious that it needs to be taken care of. And we’re going to do that.”
Dickey will make a full recovery rather quickly and should be able to partake in his regular off-season routine (no word as of yet whether that includes a return trip to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro).