Veteran outfielder Mitch Haniger, 33, of the San Francisco Giants, has succumbed to another injury.
Hanniger fractured his right forearm in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Hanniger was hit in the right arm by an 88.8 mph (142.9 km/h) sinker from Zack Flaherty in the top of the third inning with a 3-2 lead. He was immediately removed from the game after being checked by the trainer. MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported, “An examination confirmed a fracture. The team will place Hanniger on the disabled list (IL) for the second time this season. Hanniger made one previous trip to the IL in late March with an oblique injury.
Hanniger is batting .230 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 40 games this season. He made his big league debut in 2016 and ruptured his testicle in June 2019 when a foul ball hit him in a critical area. He then underwent lumbar surgery and was sidelined for the 2020 season. But he bounced back in 2021 with 39 home runs and 100 RBIs for the Seattle Mariners. He finished 20th in American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) voting.
The problem: injuries. A right ankle injury limited him to 57 games last year. In need of batting reinforcements, San Francisco signed Hanniger to a three-year, $43.5 million deal last December. The thinking was that if he could stay healthy, the numbers would follow, but that hasn’t been the case.
His absences have been mounting, with two 먹튀검증 IL stints before the end of the June schedule. In 604 big league games, Hanniger is batting .259 (2312-for-599) with 116 home runs and 345 RBIs. MLB.com reports that “Hanniger is likely to miss significant time. San Francisco is almost certain to recall outfield prospect Luis Matos, 21, from Triple-A.’ Matos, a Venezuelan outfielder, is batting .398 (43-for-108) in 24 Triple-A games this season.
Meanwhile, San Francisco won its third straight game with an 11-3 blowout of St. Louis. The Giants pounded out 17 hits, despite losing J.D. Davis to a right ankle injury in the third inning.