Injury updates: Gurriel out for season, Sanchez might be ready for spring training

So, we have some news. Which do you want first? Do you want the bad news or the really bad news?

Let’s start with the bad news. Lourdes Gurriel left Monday’s game in the first inning with hamstring tightness. That injury will end his season. This isn’t that big of a deal given the fact there are only six games left. Gurriel had himself a damn good rookie season.

It’s a bit of a shame he had it cut short, but it isn’t the end of the world. They’re saying it’s a Grade 2 hamstring strain meaning Gurriel will be out of action for four-to-six weeks. This shouldn’t be an issue that follows him into spring training.

Aaaaand the really bad news. What the fuck?! Aaron Sanchez went for surgery on his finger today — the suitcase one, not the blister one — and, according to Ross Atkins, the team is HOPEFUL he’ll be ready for spring training. Hopeful? HOPEFUL???!!! Good lord!

Sanchez’s last two seasons have been completely derailed by two different finger issues. Last year, he had that blister that totally ruined things for him. This year, he dropped a suitcase and strained his finger and had the second half of his season derailed.

It’s honestly shocking. This issue just won’t go away. Get Sanchez’s hands in a goddamn aluminum glove so that he can’t fuck it up even further.

  • Paul Beestons Grass Surface

    What gets me is how they can be hopeful that he will be ready for Feb, from surgery on his finger now? I mean I’m not a doctor but what kind of surgery happens on a finger that aprox 5 months recovery time may not be enough?

    • Dillon

      Also not a doctor, but I’d imagine it has something to do with the forces involved in him actually like, doing that thing he does for a living. You or I would probably be back to business in much less time, but one 97 mph pitch probably puts more stress on a finger than anything I’ve done ever, and snapping off a curve is probably even worse.

      I’m totally just speculating, but a finger injury is probably tendon/ligament related because there isn’t much in the way of muscle in the fingers. If I’m not mistaken, tendons and ligaments generally take much longer than muscles to heal. More often in the realm of months vs. weeks for muscle injuries. So, as crazy as 5 months recovery sounds for a little thing like a suitcase assault, it probably makes sense.

  • Oz Rob

    This is totally unrelated, but I think we have to win at least one more game this year to ensure Gibby ends up with a winning managerial record. Win won for the Gibby! Hopefully today or tomorrow. And gee, maybe they could announce that Gibby will be moving on in the off-season so we have a reason to fete him tomorrow.

    • Paul Beestons Grass Surface

      Hey you know, he might come back. Sometimes I get the impression that it’s up to him. He talks about this being it, or it might be it. But he’s done a great job with all of the young guys. Who knows, maybe the FO and him get together and really hash it out. Long shot I imagine, but maybe we are in for a surprise.

      • Oz Rob

        That would be nice if he did. I can’t believe I wrote ‘win won’…must be getting old. In fact, last night I was listening to ‘Making Plans for Nigel’ by XTC and it reminded me of going to the Ex as a kid to see games around 1978-1980 and that song was always playing pre-game during batting practice. Probably a favorite of whoever was running the PA back then. Does anyone else remember that or am I the oldest person posting on this site?