Well, this is just wonderful:
As Steve noted in today’s recap, Billy Hamilton injured his thumb while attempting a bunt in the first inning. (Today’s lesson, for all you kids out there: never bunt.) An MRI was conducted, and it turns out Hamilton’s left thumb is fractured.
The Reds seem hopeful that the injury won’t end Hamilton’s season:
“He’ll be in a splint for 10 days, and then we’ll reassess,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “This is not necessarily a season-ending injury. It’s not something that will sit in a cast for 4-6 weeks to heal. It will be about 10 days, and we’ll be able to get the splint off and reassess.”
This has been Hamilton’s worst season overall since his rookie year — which is a slap in my face, since I went out on a limb for Hamilton so publicly this spring, saying he was likely to break out — but he has a good chance of winning his first Gold Glove award. You may recall that Hamilton was likely the front-runner for that award last year, but he missed the final month of the season with a strained oblique. In fact, this is the third consecutive season that Hamilton has suffered an injury late in the year.
If he can return, it’ll be the first time in the last three that the injury didn’t end his season. In the meantime, Phillip Ervin will get a chance to show everyone what he brings to the table.