Ryan Doumit’s collision with Carlos Pena at home plate Sunday wasn’t nearly as scary as Buster Posey’s a few days earlier, but it did leave him with a fractured left ankle, tests Tuesday confirmed.
It’s very disappointing news for the Pirates. Not only was Doumit third on the team with a .774 OPS this season, but the club was hoping he’d build up some trade value before the July 31 deadline. Now it appears that he’s likely done through the All-Star break.
It’s just the latest mishap for Doumit, who has spent time on the disabled list each of the last six years. With a career .268/.332/.438 line, he’s long been a fine hitter. However, he’s played in 100 games just twice as a major leaguer. He had his best season in 2008, hitting .318/.357/.501 with 15 homers in 431 at-bats for Pittsburgh.
The Pirates have been looking to trade Doumit ever since they picked up Chris Snyder last year. He’s currently making $5.1 million in the final season of a three-year, $11.5 million deal. There’s a two-year, $15.5 million option on his deal for 2012-13, but the Pirates, or any team that trades for him, will buy that out for $500,000.