North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox wouldn’t divulge exactly how Colin Moran broke his right hand Saturday, but it’s easy enough to read between the lines.
“You need to keep your frustration and your temper under control. … You have to be able to keep those emotions in check — both verbally and physically,” Fox said Sunday. “He didn’t hurt anybody else. Let’s put it that way. Nobody else on our team had to go to the doctor with him.”
Here’s what we do know: Moran, a sophomore third baseman, had a costly throwing error in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to North Carolina State. He also didn’t come out to the on-deck circle when he was due up in the ninth inning.
Then word spread late Saturday evening that Moran had broken the fourth and fifth metacarpals in his right hand and would miss three to four weeks — information confirmed Sunday by a team spokesman.
Fox didn’t quite connect those dots, and Moran wasn’t made available for comment, but a somewhat cloudy image of what transpired can certainly be assembled.