Bad news from around several camps, as Blue Jays outfielder Ryan Patterson, Royals third baseman Alex Gordon and Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki all went down with injuries over the weekend.
Patterson’s injury is easily the worst of the three, as the 23-year-old outfielder will miss at least three months after getting hit by a pitch by Red Sox righthander Edgar Martinez on Saturday. Patterson sustained a broken right forearm and is slated to have surgery today.
Gordon reported a sharp pain in his right (throwing) shoulder on Saturday morning. And although the injury isn’t considered serious, the Royals aren’t taking any chances.
“He might not be available for the next couple of days,” manager Buddy Bell told the Kansas City Star. “We think heâ€™s going to be fine, but when you have a kid like that who has a sore shoulder, youâ€™re concerned.”
Gordon returned to action as a pinch runner on Monday, going 0-for-1 as he remained in the game as a designated hitter.
But Gordon wasn’t the only concern in Royals camp, as reliever Leo Nunez–who pitched extremely well for the Dominican club that won the Caribbean Series–sustained a hairline fracture of his right wrist after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Angels first baseman Kendry Morales.
“He’s going to have another MRI in the next week to 10 days to explain how long it will be,” Bell told the paper. â€œItâ€™s his right wrist, so heâ€™s not going to be able to throw. That means heâ€™s probably going to have to start his spring training all over again.â€
And then there is Tulowitzki.
The Rockies’ prized shortstop prospect was hit by a pitch on his right wrist by Padres righthander Doug Brocail on Saturday, but X-Ray results were negative. Tulowitzki was listed as day-to-day and returned to action as a pinch hitter on Monday, going 0-for-1.
“I was scared,” Tulowitzki told the Denver Post. “Supposedly there is a nerve that runs through to your two fingers, and both my pinky and ring finger were very numb. I didn’t have feeling in them for quite some time, so I was very nervous.”
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