Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr will miss four to six months as he will undergo surgery on his left wrist on Wednesday, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The diagnosis is a torn extensor carpi ulnaris retinaculum, per CSN Philly’s Marshall Harris. Altherr suffered the injury in the first inning of Friday’s Grapefruit League exhibition, attempting to make a diving catch.
This is a big blow for the Phillies as this was Altherr’s chance to prove his performance in 39 games last season wasn’t a fluke. The 25-year-old hit .241/.338/.489 with five home runs, 22 RBI, 25 runs scored, and six stolen bases over 161 plate appearances while also showcasing solid defense in the outfield corners. He was projected to be the Phillies’ Opening Day right fielder.
Rule-5 pick Tyler Goeddel, Peter Bourjos, and Cody Asche now have opportunities for a full-time outfield job and will have the remainder of spring training to prove themselves.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.