Despite a report that Andrew Lambo had started taking ground balls last week, he has still yet to rejoin the lineup.
In fact, Indianapolis hitting coach Mike Pagliarulo said that Lambo is having "some specialists" look at his right thumb currently, in hopes of getting Lambo back on the field soon. However, Pagliarulo has not heard anything as far as setbacks. He also does not know how the injury occurred.
"I wasn't around (when the injury happened)," Pagliarulo said. "I just showed up one day and he had a swollen thumb."
In 93 at bats this season, Lambo is hitting .344 with 13 doubles and a pair of home runs before he was placed on the disabled list, retroactive May 5. Lambo's OPS was 1.000 prior to the injury.
"We need him," Pagliarulo said. "He leads our team in hard hit balls. We need his bat."
It will be interesting to see how long it takes Lambo to get back into rhythm as it could impact his trade value or future promotions to Pittsburgh.
Ryan joined Pirates Prospects as the Indianapolis Triple-A writer in 2014. Prior to joining Pirates Prospects, Ryan covered high school, college and professional sports in the Indianapolis area. For more updates throughout the season, follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanpalencer.