Add this one to the list of strange injuries. The Texas Rangers were without the services of Jeff Baker last night. The reason? Baker suffered a sprained thumb after high-fiving a teammate. The injury was bad enough to keep him out of last night's lineup and list him as day-to-day.
According to Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest, Baker's thumb was bent back all the way to his wrist. He couldn't grip a bat yesterday, so he was held out of the lineup. The team will monitor his thumb and make a decision on his status sometime today. Baker was not happy about the injury.
"I was giving my teammate a high five and the teammate was a little overexcited for whatever reason and bent my thumb back from my hand to my wrist," Baker said. "I'm not too happy about it."
Baker is a nine-year veteran. He is in his first season with the Rangers. Baker is hitting .317/.391/.695 with nine home runs. He has been a welcome surprise, but the Rangers have to be concerned about the severity of the sprain. If it does not heal quickly, Baker will likely have to go on the DL.
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Baker is a career .269/.321/.443 hitter. He has played for five different teams in his Major League career. The injury forced the Rangers to go with Craig Gentry, Leonys Martin, and Nelson Cruz in the outfield last night.
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