Lorenzo Cain is likely done for the year, but he isn’t willing to rule out a late-season return just yet.
After weeks on the disabled list with a sprained left hand, the Royals’ outfielder returned to the lineup on Friday night and went 2-for-4, drawing a pair of walks and a single to center field in the team’s 7-2 loss to the White Sox. What appeared to be a step forward in Cain’s recovery process ended up aggravating the sprain.
Just talked w/Lorenzo Cain. Considering shutting it down for the year. Says that's highly likely. Was basically swinging w/1 arm last night— Joel Goldberg (@goldbergkc) September 10, 2016
Following the game, it was revealed that part of the outfielder’s pain may have been exacerbated by the stem-cell injection he received in his wrist on August 30, which should have strengthened the ligaments, rather than inflaming them. On Sunday, manager Ned Yost announced that Cain would sit out for another week before reevaluating his injury and deciding whether or not to push for a return in 2016, per MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan.
If Cain returns to the lineup, it will be in a fairly limited capacity as the Royals compete for another postseason berth. Despite his injury, he still profiles as one of the best hitters in the Royals’ lineup, batting .287/.339/.403 with a 97 wRC+ and 2.5 fWAR in 103 games.