Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd suffered a fractured right wrist when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday night. There’s no official word on how long he’ll be out, but it will be a while.
Byrd had an eight-homer May after hitting just .169 in April and the injury will likely make it impossible for him to reach the 550 plate appearances necessary to trigger next season’s $8 million vesting option. Byrd is being paid $8 million this season, $4 million of which the Phillies are covering as part of their trade agreement with the Reds.
Byrd is 37 years old and there wasn’t much trade interest in him until the Phillies offered to cover a big chunk of his salary, so losing out on the $8 million option for 2016 could cost him millions. In the long term the Reds would probably be relieved to be off the hook for that money, but in the short term it means giving more playing time for Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker.
Brewers outfielder Khris Davis underwent surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee suffered Saturday and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Davis was off to a good start this season, hitting .250 with five homers and a .783 OPS to top his 2014 production, but the Brewers are well-equipped to handle the loss of an outfielder thanks to having Gerardo Parra in a part-time role.
Parra will be an everyday player with Davis out, playing alongside Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun.
Josh Hamilton has played seven games in his return to the Rangers and now he’s hurt, sitting out tonight’s game against the White Sox with what the team is calling “tightness in his lower half.”
Hamilton has looked fantastic in his second go-around in Texas, hitting .273 with two homers, two doubles, four walks, and a 1.021 OPS. That includes a two-homer game and a walk-off hit in his first week back after sitting out six weeks recovering from shoulder surgery and substance abuse relapses.
Because of all his time off, perhaps the “lower half tightness” is just part of Hamilton getting back into game shape.