The Pirates have named Andrew Lambo the Minor League Player of the Year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Andrew Lambo Has Surgery on Right Thumb

Andrew Lambo had surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament of his right thumb, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced. The surgery was performed on May 28th. Ryan Palencer reported a few days ago that Lambo was going to visit a specialist. Originally his injury was thought to be a bruised thumb, but obviously that’s not the case.

The typical recovery time for this injury is six to eight weeks. That would at least put Lambo out through the middle of July, if not the end of July. That could impact any potential trade value if the Pirates wanted to deal him at the deadline. However, he could come up as a bat off the bench in August or September if the recovery goes well. Lambo’s rehab will take place in Bradenton.

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  • marty34156

    According to some of you on here, Lambo with a stint on his thumb post-surgery would still be the best player in baseball.

    • lonleylibertarian

      Got to call bull shit. There are some of us – and yes I am in that group – who thought Lambo 1. Deserved a fair shot 2. Did not get one

      I never said he was the second coming of even Paul Konerko.

      ALL I wanted was for him to get a chance – a fair one.

      Hopefully he will rehab well and can be a bat off of the bench in September.

      • marty34156

        Lambo had a chance, and blew it. Bucs, luckily, got Davis who is much better than Lambo could ever dream of. Davis been awesome here, continuing his awesomeness tonight with his HR.

        • lonleylibertarian

          Lambo never really had a chance – a real “trial” would have had him starting 20+ spring training games and getting at least 3 at bats in each – 60+ plate appearances minimum. The Pirates never wanted him to succeed – they jerked him around – two at bats and out – late sub – had around 40 total ABs in the first 20 or so spring training games – and declared him a bust. This is not surprising Hurdle and evidently Huntington are not inclined to try and help young players succeed – they prefer to overpay for mediocre vets – see Barajas, Bedard, Wandy, and Barmes or go dumpster diving – see Ishikawa, McGuiness, Morel, Wilk and others.

          Davis’s first 40 or so at bats in Pittsburgh were not much better than Lambo’s spring training.

          I really hope Davis can be the solution at 1st base – BUT let’s wait another month or so. His home run power is not what one expects from a corner player – maybe last night will be the start of getting a HR every 25/30 ABs instead of one every 50+…

          He will cost the Pirates a lot if the BTBNL is who I have predicted it will be so he has a lot to live up to.

      • N_Cap

        A fair chance thank god they didn’t or we would be in a bigger hole .

    • R Edwards

      And you were probably one of those who made us all think we were getting Babe Ruth, when the Pirates traded for the legendary Ike Davis.

      • marty34156

        Nope, I said the Bucs were getting a solid 1B vs RHP, something they didn’t have, and they have. Davis has been awesome here, at the plate and in the field. Much better than Lambo could ever dream of being in the Majors.

        • R Edwards

          “Davis has been awesome here, at the plate and in the field.”

          Really? You like singles hitters playing first base with a slugging pct under .400??

          He did finally crush a ball last night in LA – that was an impressive HR to dead center. For the Pirates sake, I hope that is going to start happening more frequently. They did not trade for him to to draw walks and hit opposite field singles, but to provide power and drive in runs.

  • LongJohnSilver

    What really bothers me here is how the Pirates medical staff missed this. Lambo was out for almost 20 days before they had someone look at it? Then to find out it need surgery to repair? Come on, that is just plain incompetence by someone.

    • N_Cap

      Probably just thought it was strained or let it see if it would heal

    • Andy Prough

      Rub a little dirt on it kid.

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