It is believed that bad things often happen in groups of three and that's been the case with high school injuries lately. First, Lucas Gioloto sprained his elbow, then Matthew Crownover had Tommy John surgery.
On March 12, Albuquerque Academy shortstop Alex Bregman broke the tip of his right middle finger and will likely miss the remainder of his high school season, Baseball America has confirmed. The injury was first reported on Twitter by Ben Collman, the director of high school coverage for Perfect Game.
Bregman said he will have surgery on his finger March 14 and will be ready to play again by the summer.
"There's a slight possibility of being back by the end of the year, but I'm just going to make sure I'm 100 percent before I do anything," Bregman said.
Bregman, who is committed to Louisiana State, was taking pregame ground balls when one took a bad hop and flew up by his face. As he tried to deflect it, it hit the tip of his right middle finger and broke the bone. He played in the game and went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Bregman put his name on the map by leading the 2010 USA Baseball 16U team to a gold medal by hitting .564/.596/.846. He followed that up by returning for the 2011 18U gold medal run and hitting .378/.500/.459. Bregman also broke New Mexico's single-season home run record with 18 jacks last year.
While he said he was disappointed about the injury, he's ready to move on and use the time to get better in other ways.
"It's baseball. . . that's life," Bregman said. "I'm just going to have to heal and get better from this and just work my butt off even more. I've still got three other limbs I can be working out, so I'm going to be doing that."
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