Medical science is swell.
On Thursday, Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora broke the hamate bone in his wrist on a swing.
By Friday, he no longer had that hamate bone.
Almora tweeted yesterday that he’d had successful surgery to remedy the injury, and, unless something changed while the doctors were in there, the plan was to just take the bone out. As Dale Sveum put it, “That little bone doesn’t mean anything. You don’t even need it.”
So, Almora will now miss four to eight weeks, per Sveum, but you can expect it will be on the longer side of that estimation (because there’s no reason for it not to be). That means we won’t see him in game action until late May. Fortunately, no one is worried about the long-term impact of the injury and surgery.
“It’s not a career problem or anything like that,” Sveum said, per CSN. “It’s just more of a pain-in-the-butt-type thing that happens to quite a few hitters over the history of the game …. It will end up costing him, who knows, four to six to possibly eight weeks, I guess, before he gets in a game. But the good part about it is it’s one of those things where you just take it out and be done with it.”
At least with the bone out, there won’t be a concern about Almora breaking it again in the future. And, being that Almora is a “great makeup” young man, you can expect that he’s going to do everything he can to make sure his rehab goes well and goes smoothly.