In the fourth inning of Wednesday’s game between the Los Angeles Angels and Minnesota Twins, a high fastball caught the hand of Angels third baseman, David Freese, who left the game moments after.
Freese went to first after getting hit, but eventually came out of the game after a discussion with manager Mike Scioscia. Initial X-rays showed a non-displaced fracture.
Freese said after the game that he hopes to return in as little as three weeks, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’ll spend the next two weeks with his finger in a splint.
The 2011 World Series MVP broke his right middle finger last season when he was hit by a pitch.
Entering Wednesday night’s contest, Freese was hitting.241, which would rank as the worst batting average of his career by almost two points. “We’re going to have to continue to carry momentum from game to game”.
With the Angels on one of their hottest streaks in franchise history at 17-3 over their past 20 games, it could be a large blow with David Freese not in the lineup every day.
Taylor Featherston replaced Freese in the fourth inning, but the Angels have two minor-league third basemen who could replace Freese on the 25-man roster when he hits the disabled list.
According to Gonzalez, “if the 32-year-old right-handed hitter has to go on the disabled list, the Angels would probably call up young third baseman Kyle Kubitza from Triple-A Salt Lake”.