Adonis Garcia fractures left hamate bone

Yankees outfield prospect likely to miss remainder of spring
03/05/2013 8:47 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
New York Yankees outfield prospect Adonis Garcia has been diagnosed with a fractured left hook of hamate, and will likely miss the remainder of Spring Training.

The team announced in a release Tuesday night that Garcia suffered the injury while taking batting practice prior to Sunday’s game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla., and the 27-year-old Cuban will undergo surgery on Thursday in St. Petersburg with Dr. Douglas Carlan.

The hamate is a hook-shaped bone in the base of the wrist, situated between the ring and pinkie fingers, and the fracture is similar to the ones that ended the 2012 season for Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis and forced San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval to miss time in each of the last two seasons.

The Yankees did not announce a timetable for Garcia’s return, although recovery time from the injury is usually estimated at four-to-six weeks.

Garcia, who defected from Cuba in January 2011, signed with the Yankees in May 2012 after residency and eligibility issues delayed his MLB free agency, and he hit .263 with five homers and 29 RBI in 57 games between Class-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton last season. Garcia was a non-roster invitee to Major League Camp this spring and played in six games, hitting .400 with one RBI in 10 at-bats.

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