Astros outfielder Jason Michaels is done for the season after breaking his left hand making a diving catch last night.
Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that Michaels “is scheduled for surgery today to repair a displaced fracture of the fourth left metacarpal bone.”
Michaels has spent a decade in the majors despite logging more than 350 plate appearances just once, way back in 2006 for the Indians, but at age 35 and coming off a .199 batting average his days as a solid fourth outfielder and platoon starter may be over.
The Nationals announced that third baseman Anthony Rendon has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 19, with a toe contusion. Pitcher Austin Adams was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.
Rendon fouled a pitch off of his foot on April 13 in a game against the Rockies. The Nationals were hoping he wouldn’t need to go on the disabled list, which is why he was day-to-day for a week and a half. Unfortunately, Rendon’s stint on the DL can only be backdated to Thursday, so he won’t be eligible to return until this weekend.
Rendon, 27, is hitting .286/.355/.411 with a home run and four RBI in 62 plate appearances so far this season. Wilmer Difo has been handling third base while Rendon has been out and figures to continue doing so for the next week or so.