When the Philadelphia Phillies announced Ben Revere's broken right ankle, the center fielder told reporters that he could miss six to eight weeks as a result of the injury. He was spot on regarding the diagnosis, as the Phillies announced the same timeframe today, adding Revere will undergo surgery on his ailing ankle tomorrow, according to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com.
Revere suffered the injury during Game 1 of Saturday's double-header against the Chicago White Sox. He fouled a pitch off his ankle as he's done several times in the past. While he said he's received nothing but a bruise when previously fouling pitches off his foot, Revere recognized that this time luck wasn't in his favor.
"It's one of those deals," Revere said Sunday.
"It's part of the game. I've probably hit a couple balls on the same spot
a couple times and really nothing happened, except a bruise. But it was good
the next day. But this was finally the one that cracked it."
While you never want to lose your center fielder for six to eight weeks, the injury comes at an especially bad time for Revere and the Phillies. The 25-year-old got off to a slow start with his new team, but he had been playing well of late, raising his batting line to .305/.338/.352 with nine doubles, three triples and 22 stolen bases in 30 attempts over 336 plate appearances.
As a result of the injury, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has told reporters that he will look to acquire a center fielder prior to the July 31 trade deadline.
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