Found August 07, 2013 on
MLB Injury News:
Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar exited last night's contest against the Boston Red Sox with a sprained left thumb. The Astros have listed Villar as day to day, and the shortstop told reporters that he expects to miss at least two days as a result of the injury, according to Chris Abshire of MLB.com.
Manager Bo Porter told reporters that Villar suffered the injury when he was caught stealing at third base in the fourth inning. The shortstop later aggravated the injury while attempting to field a ground ball hit up the middle by David Ortiz.
"He did it on a slide into third base, so it was sore
when we went out to talk to him [in the sixth]," Porter said. "We
took him out to try to get the soreness under control and treat it. It was
already bothering him at that point."
While Villar said after the game that the injury "isn't serious," it will at least keep him sidelined for a few days. He'll continue to receive treatment and be evaluated, and if the thumb doesn't show was Houston considers to be progress over the next few days he could be required to undergo an MRI to explore for more significant damage.
"Listen to the trainers and maybe come back and take
some batting in the cage tomorrow," Villar said of the plan going forward.
"Take some ground balls and test it and see if [I] can put pressure on
Villar has been Houston's regular shortstop since being called up to make his major-league debut on July 22. The 22-year-old has hit .245/.344/.302 with three doubles and 10 stolen bases in 13 attempts over 65 plate appearances. The Astros replaced Villar with Jake Elmore following his injury.
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