When Alen Hanson was a late scratch from the Indianapolis line up on Tuesday night, there was speculation on the reason. However, a source close to the situation advised that Hanson’s scratch was due to an injury to a finger on his left hand, which will likely keep the prospect sidelined “for a week or two to be safe.”
The injury happened on a triple on Monday night when he was sliding into third base in the fifth inning. The triple was Hanson’s eighth of the season, but will likely cost him some time on the field.
After feeling some discomfort in the pregame workouts, Hanson had some x-rays done. While the x-rays did not show a serious injury, the decision was made to sideline the second baseman.
Hanson won the International League Player of the Month honors in May by hitting .362 for the month with a .998 OPS. While April and June have not been quite as strong, Hanson is still hitting .285 with a .754 OPS for the season with 20 extra base hits and 17 stolen bases.
In addition, Hanson has been showing a lot of promise at second base. He is showing the range of a shortstop, with more consistent throwing and fielding than he did at his previous position.
While the injury is a minor setback for Hanson, it does not appear to be anything larger and getting the rest to get back fully healthy can do nothing but help him.