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It’s not easy to watch your teammates win the World Series while you’re sitting in the dugout with a cast on your hand. But for Astros pitcher Phil Maton, that’s exactly what happened. After suffering a season-ending injury in the final regular-season game of the year, Maton was determined to come back stronger for the 2021 season. In this blog post, we’ll explore the story of Phil Maton’s injury, recovery, and motivation to make a comeback.

It all started with a hit by Phil’s brother, Nick Maton, in the final regular-season game of the year against the Phillies. Phil was so frustrated that he punched a locker, and the injury he sustained was a broken fifth metacarpal in his right (throwing) hand. Forced to miss the playoffs, Phil was determined to make a comeback for the 2021 season.

Fortunately, Phil has fully recovered and is ready to make his return. He laments having to watch the Astros rip through the postseason without him, but is motivated to contribute to the team’s success this year. Phil has made some adjustments with the lower half of his body to find a bit more velocity and have a more consistent delivery. He’s looking to execute pitches better than he did last year and is feeling good about his progress.

Finally, Phil may get another crack at getting his brother out when the Tigers come to Minute Maid Park the first week of the season. Phil still gets a good bit of ribbing from his brother about the hit, but is determined to “re-tool the arsenal” and not let him hit 1.000 off him.

Phil Maton’s story is a testament to the power of determination and hard work. No matter the obstacles, he’s come back stronger than ever and is ready to contribute to the Astros’ success in 2021.