Seattle catcher Mike Zunino cleared another hurdle in his comeback from injury, engaging in an encouraging round of batting practice before Saturday's game. The third overall pick in the 2012 draft, Zunino rocketed up the Mariners system before making his big league debut on June 11th. After posting a .242/.315/.343 in 29 games, the 22-year old broke his hamate bone in his left wrist while swinging a bat on July 25th.
Initially giving a six week estimation for recovery, Zunino has healed at a rapid rate and may be ready for a return to action by early next week.
"Zunino's been great, his batting practice yesterday was without
hesitation," manager Eric Wedge said. "Looked good, looked great, fouled a couple
pitches off. … Throwing today went fine, so I think he's on the path;
what we'll look to do the next couple days is everything. Catch
bullpens, take batting practice. If all is well, we'll get him out."
Reporting for a Triple-A rehab assignment Tuesday night, Zunino went 1 for 2 with a walk in his first game activity since the injury. Behind the plate last night, he's expect to DH during tonight's game and will be further evaluated for a call-up this weekend.
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