Padres catcher Austin Hedges will miss six to eight weeks as he needs surgery to repair the hamate bone in his right hand, MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports.
Hedges, 23, was playing with Triple-A El Paso and got off to a great start, hitting .333/.385/.583 with a pair of home runs and nine RBI in 39 plate appearances.
It’s unfortunate for the Padres, who might have called up Hedges sooner rather than later as neither starting catcher Derek Norris nor back-up Christian Bethancourt have done much to begin the season. The Padres’ aggregate .519 OPS from their catchers is the worst mark in the National League.