Justin Upton’s injury could send him to the DL
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton could end up on the disabled list after jamming his thumb.
The injury occurred when the outfielder slid into second base to break up a double play on April 8, against the San Fransisco Giants.
Upton had an MRI Tuesday, as his thumb has yet to heal or improve.
“It could be, I don’t know,” manager Kirk Gibson said about Upton possibly going on the disabled list. “At some point you have to think long-term. If he’s keeps beating on it, it’s not going to get better.”
Tuesday is the first time that tests have been administered on Upton’s thumb.
“He’s not swinging the bat well,” Gibson said. “I think it hurts him. He’s trying to fight his way through it. He slid the other night, and he pounded it again. You get jammed when (the ball) hits the bat a certain way.”
Last season, Upton had his best season. He won a Silver Slugger Award, made the National League All-Star team, and hit .289 with 39 doubles, 31 home runs and 88 RBIs. He also stole 21 bases.
This year, he is batting .212 with an OBP of .350. He has yet to hit a home run or drive in a run.
New York Met’s David Wright and Jason Bay also suffered similar finger injuries from sliding into a base. Their injuries were less severe.