Billy Hamilton suffered what the Reds called a “mild concussion” while robbing Ryan Braun of a home run with a great catch Wednesday and the rookie center fielder remains out of the lineup for tonight’s game against the Pirates.
Yet another reason to stop referring to concussions as “mild.” No brain injury is mild and, as we’ve seen time and time again, no one has any real ability to predict how quickly an athlete will bounce back from one.
If he’s done for the season Hamilton would finish his rookie campaign hitting just .250 with a .295 on-base percentage and .355 slugging percentage in 152 games. His case for Rookie of the Year is built around his speed (56 steals, 23 caught stealing) and defense (18 runs above average according to Ultimate Zone Rating).
Part of the reason the Cleveland Indians could trade away a pitcher like Trevor Bauer in the middle of a playoff race is because they have reinforcements on the way. The primary reinforcement is Corey Kluber, who has been out since May 1 with a broken arm. Based on what happened yesterday it’s possible that the Tribe will have to wait a bit longer for that particular reinforcement to arrive.
Kluber was the starter in yesterday’s game between Triple-A Columbus and Charlotte. He managed only one inning, however, walking two and not allowing a run before being lifted due to abdominal tightness. It was said that he was removed for precautionary reasons, so it may not be an injury as opposed to everyone simply being spooked. He’ll be reevaluated today.
It’s unclear whether this will delay his return to the Indians, though it obviously isn’t a good development. As it stood before yesterday, Cleveland had hoped Kluber could make big league starts in September and be ready for the postseason.