The Cincinnati Reds announced that outfielder Aristides Aquino underwent surgery to remove the hamate bone in his left hand after injuring it while hitting in San Francisco. The surgery was performed this morning. He has been placed on the 10-day injured list. Max Schrock was recalled from the Reds alternate site to take his place on the 26-man roster.
The hamate bone injury is rather common in baseball and often happens while swinging a bat. Players tend to return to the field in 4-6 weeks from the injury, but historically we’ve observed that many times the power output tends to be lacking for players recovering from the injury for much longer – usually about a year – before they return to their past power output.
This season has seen Aristides Aquino play in 10 games so far, but mostly as a pinch hitter or late replacement. In his 14 plate appearances he had hit .231/.286/.769 with a double, two home runs, walk, and five strikeouts. All three of his hits went for extra-bases.
Max Schrock is being called up to take Aquino’s place on the roster. An injury in spring training may have cost him a spot on the roster to begin with. He was having a strong spring training showing out in Goodyear, but a late injury kept him off of the field for a bit of time. He played in 12 games for Cincinnati out in Arizona and hit .440/.500/.560 with two steals, three doubles, two walks, and five strikeouts.
There’s some position flexibility for Max Schrock. In his minor league career he’s played mostly second base, but he’s also logged action in left field and at third base. The Reds played him at first, second, and third base this spring, but not in the outfield.
With Aristides Aquino out for what seems to be at least the next month, the Reds likely lose some power off of the bench that he provided. It may push the roster decision on what to do if and when Shogo Akiyama returns from his injury – which the Reds are hoping will happen in early May – a little further back as the team probably won’t opt to go with six outfielders on the roster.