Thumb Injury for Two MLB Players

A thumb injury has two players on the disabled list.  While major league baseball is entertainment for most of us, it’s a job for the players, managers, and owners.  One of these thumb-injured players may be facing a trade.

Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard is expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering a thumb injury, Dan Connolly of was among those to report (Twitter links). Though Rickard won’t require surgery, the ligament damage will keep him out through at least late August.


Earlier today, O’s executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette noted that while starting pitching remains the team’s priority, a DL stint for Rickard could lead the team to explore trade options for another outfielder. That, obviously, is now the case. Hyun Soo Kim is also currently shelved, leaving the team with Julio Borbon, Dariel Alvarez, and Nolan Reimold on hand to take the field alongside regulars Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo. Full article…

Jhonny Paralta has been plagued with another thumb injury, potentially related to his earlier surgery in March.

usatoday.comCardinals third baseman Jhonny Peralta is going back on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained ligament in his surgically repaired left thumb.


Peralta hasn’t played since getting removed in a double switch on Sunday while being bothered by pain in his thumb. There’s been inflammation the last few weeks from getting jammed at the plate.


The three-time All-Star underwent surgery in March for an injury in a different spot on the thumb from landing awkwardly on the thumb, but general manager John Mozeliak said there was no doubt the two injuries are related. Full article…

Whether a freak thumb injury or a recurring thumb problem, the bottom line is the player is unable to do his job.  In the entertainment business, the show must go on, and there’s always another player willing to step into the spot light.