yesterday, throwing batting practice to my almost 12 yoa son, he nailed a line drive back at me. I got my glove up to shield my neck but not in position to catch it. The ball hit my left hand index finger that was outside the glove, then the ball richocheted and drew blood and bruised my cheek preety good. I went to the doc in a box today. The finger is fractured pretty good right down the middle to the second (middle) knucle. Hurts , too. Anyway , I have to schedule a follow up with the orthopod. The timing couldn't be worse. I've been in one of those rare surge periods where my rhythm is improving and just got a really fun twang lesson on the telecaster (hot rod lincoln). The great irony: I had bought a catcher's mask (which initiated our outing)because I had been growing fearful of his fastball, then he nails me with a line drive. Sheesh, so what do I do while out of commission--esp to work on the rhythm thing that I so badly need.