Veteran outfielder Mitch Haniger (33, San Francisco Giants) was injured again.
Haniger fractured his right forearm in an away game against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 14th (Korean time). The trouble was that Jack Flaherty’s 88.8 mph (142.9 km/h) sinker hit his right arm in the top of the 3rd inning with a 3-2 lead. After the trainer checked his condition, he was immediately replaced. MLB.com, the official website of the Major League Baseball (MLB), said, “A fracture was confirmed during the examination. It seems that Haniger will be placed on the injured list (IL) for the second time this season.” Haniger has been to IL once due to an oblique injury at the end of March.
Haniger’s performance this season is a batting average of 0.230, 4 home runs and 22 RBIs in 40 games. He debuted in the big leagues in 2016, and in June 2019, his testicle was ruptured after being hit in an important part by his foul ball. He then underwent lumbar surgery and disappeared from the big leagues for a while in the 2020 season. However, in 2021, when he played for the Seattle Mariners, he achieved 39 home runs and 100 RBIs, and succeeded in making a comeback. He was also named 20th in voting for the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP).
The problem is injuries. Last year, due to a right ankle injury, he only appeared in 57 games. San Francisco, which needed reinforcement of the batting line, acquired Haniger in December of last year for three years and a total of $43.5 million (55.6 billion won). He judged that his grades would follow as long as he guaranteed his health. However, the result is different from what was expected.
The number of absences is increasing with two IL registrations before completing the June schedule. Haniger’s career record in the big leagues was 604 games, a batting average of 0.259 (599 hits in 2312 at-bats), 116 home runs and 345 RBIs. MLB.com said Haniger could miss a significant amount of time. San Francisco is almost certain to call up outfield prospect Luis Matos (21) from Minor League Triple-A. Matos, an outfielder from Venezuela, boasts a great sense of hitting with a batting average of 0.398 (43 hits in 108 at-bats) in 24 Triple-A games this season.
Meanwhile, San Francisco won its third game in a row by winning 11-3 against St. Louis. In the 3rd inning, even JD Davis suffered a right ankle injury,스포츠토토 but despite the bad news, he poured out 17 hits.