Injuries continue to be an issue for the Indians in spring training with Oscar Mercado suffering a setback with his wrist. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Indians center fielder Oscar Mercado will undergo an MRI on his left wrist after injuring it while making a diving catch in yesterday’s Cactus League game, the team revealed to reporters (Twitter link via Mandy Bell of MLB.com). Mercado laid out to catch a shallow fly in center field and immediately came up clutching his wrist (video link). He immediately exited the game in obvious pain. The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd tweets that Mercado will be evaluated by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham, and an update will likely be provided Saturday.

Mercado, 25, broke out with a strong rookie campaign in 2019, cementing himself as Cleveland’s center fielder with a .269/.318/.443 batting line, 15 home runs, 25 doubles, three triples and 15 steals. Mercado played a well above-average center field by virtually any available metric (+10 Defensive Runs Saved, +2.8 Ultimate Zone Rating, +5 Outs Above Average). While there’s been plenty of ink dedicated to the uncertainty in the Indians’ corner outfield slots, Mercado’s grip on the center field job has never been in question.

Should the Indians receive bad news, their acquisition of Delino DeShields Jr. in the Corey Kluber trade will give them an experienced center field option to plug in on a short-term basis. DeShields can’t match Mercado’s offensive production — he’s a career .246/.326/.342 hitter (76 wRC+) — but is a similarly well-regarded defender with even more speed to burn. Fellow speedster Greg Allen also has ample experience in center field, too.

Injuries have been an issue for Cleveland early in camp, as Mike Clevinger has undergone knee surgery and Emmanuel Clase (acquired alongside DeShields in the aforementioned Kluber swap) will miss up to 12 weeks after being diagnosed with a strained teres major.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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1999-2001
Roberto Alomar
1929-1939
Earl Averill
1999
Harold Baines
1981-1985
Bert Blyleven
1938-1950
Lou Boudreau
1987
Steve Carlton
1916-1924
Stan Coveleski
1947-1958*
Larry Doby
1975-1977
Dennis Eckersley
1936-1956*
Bob Feller
1902-1910
Elmer Flick
1947-1960*
Joe Gordon
1933-1935
Walter Johnson
1902-1910
Addie Joss
1955
Ralph Kiner
1902-1914
Nap Lajoie
1941-1958*
Bob Lemon
1947-1956*
Al Lopez
1994
Jack Morris
1994-1996
Eddie Murray
1954-1955
Hal Newhouser
1986-1987
Phil Niekro
1948-1949
Satchel Paige
1972-1975
Gaylord Perry
1934
Sam Rice
1974-1977
Frank Robinson
1920-1930
Joe Sewell
1913,1915
Billy Southworth
1916-1926
Tris Speaker
1991-2011*
Jim Thome
1957-1958
Hoyt Wilhelm
1957
Dick Williams
1995
Dave Winfield
1949-1963*
Early Wynn
1909-1911
Cy Young

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