Robbie Grossman Fractures Hamate Bone

Bad news out of the Arizona Fall League this week.  Kristy Robinson reports that Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Robbie Grossman has fractured his hamate bone, and will have surgery to repair the injury later this week.  The injury will end Grossman’s AFL season, although he shouldn’t miss any time during the 2012 season.

The big downside to a hamate injury is that it can sap a player of his power for about a year.  Grossman made a big jump in that department this past year, hitting 13 homers and slugging .451 in 490 at-bats.  He will make the jump to AA next year, which is the most difficult jump to make for hitters in the first place.  It would be a surprise if we see him top his 2011 power numbers in 2012, or even match them.

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  • Anonymous

    Sigh…..

  • http://twitter.com/Jcsteel Jimmy

    This franchise is so damn frustrating to be a fan of.    Nothing ever goes right and it seems like only the diehards really give a damn.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1388816199 Bob Martin

    The Bonds curse is now in the the minors….Great!!!!

  • Lee Young

    This sucks………

  • Anonymous

    The only problem that I can see this being at this point in time is that if they wanted to include Grossman in a trade, this would surely lower his trade value. If they were planning on holding onto him, trade value does not matter right now,

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3G6S3MLR7RKSHPBY62TA5KKR4A michael

    “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”  ……
    The Bucs are gonna be SUPER strong one of these days