Compounding the frustrations of last’s night loss in San Francisco is what appears to be a serious injury to Shin-Soo Choo. His nightmare season continued in the fourth inning last night when a pitch from Jonathan Sanchez ran in on on him and hit his left hand. It was confirmed last night that he had a broken left thumb. He was immediately placed on the 15 day DL. While further examination is required, it’s unlikely he’s back on the field in that time span. ESPN.com speculated this morning that Choo could be out for the year, or close to it.
To fill his roster spot, Travis Buck was called back up from Columbus. He has been on the I-71 yo-yo that Jenny Lewis trademarked over the past few years (sadly, Jensen was finally let go from Columbus yesterday). Buck is hitting .228/.278/.347 in 32 games this season with the big league club. The Tribe outfield is in complete disarray.
Buck and fan fav Austin Kearns will likely platoon in right while Choo is out. The already struggling lineup is now littered with platoon and utility players – Buck, Kearns, and Shelley Duncan will now all see regular outfield duties. It’s going to be a slog to get to the All-Star break.
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