Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays infield prospect Hak-Ju Lee suffered torn ligaments in his left knee Saturday at Triple-A Durham during an ugly collision at the second base bag. He will probably be shut down for the season.
Lee, a native of Jeonju, South Korea, was batting .422/.536/.600 with a home run, seven RBI and six steals through his first 15 games at the Triple-A level. The 22-year-old ranked 90th on Baseball America‘s ranking of the top 100 prospects this past winter.
He ranked 44th heading into the 2012 season.
The Rays acquired Lee from the Cubs in January 2011 as part of the Matt Garza trade.
Terrible news for Blue Jays pitcher Matt Shoemaker: the MRI he had on his knee revealed a torn ACL. He’ll need surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
Shoemaker was in the process of holding the A’s scoreless through three innings of three-hit, one-strikeout ball in his start on Saturday. He twisted his leg awkwardly when he ran over and tagged Matt Chapman between first and second base, however, and it was immediately clear that things weren’t right. He was initially diagnosed with a sprain, but the MRI showed that it was worse.
This is a tough break for Shoemaker, who had started off the season pretty fantastically, posting a 1.57 ERA over his first five starts this year.