Shogo No Go? Akiyama Broke a Bone in His Foot, Which Might Really Suck

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Shogo No Go? Akiyama Broke a Bone in His Foot, Which Might Really Suck

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Not news that I was expecting or wanting to wake up to this morning, as Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama – the dude we’ve been thinking might be a perfect free agent fit for the Cubs – just broke his right foot.

If the injury is not serious – some kind of super minor fracture in a super unimportant part of the foot? – then there’s really not much impact here at all.

But if the injury is even remotely a question (it’s a foot injury to a speedy guy who turns 32 early next year … ) the impact could be tremendously significant. If the MLB interest in Akiyama takes a bit of a hit, and teams look to get a bargain price on him now, it’s possible he winds up just re-signing to stay in Japan.

Alternatively, even if he’s signed by an MLB team, there’s now an additional risk associated with the foot injury for a guy who was already going to have a ton of risk baked in as he transitions from NPB to MLB.

The report from Japan indicates that it was fourth phalanges fracture, which would be part of the second-to-smallest toe. It’s conceivable that’s not a big deal (indeed, translated comments from Akiyama kinda sound like that of a guy who was trying to play through something, but decided it would be best for the team if he were replaced). But we won’t really know more until we actually hear something directly from Akiyama, his agent, or those close to the Japanese baseball beat.

For now, it just creates a huge question market about a very intriguing free agent who already had plenty of question marks.

For more on Akiyama (pre-injury), see here.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.