Parra; Surgery for Broken Hamate
The Rockies first full-squad workout of the spring is on Monday.
The first official injury, however, surfaced on Friday.
Gerardo Parra walked into the clubhouse at Salt River Fields in Scottsale with his right hand in a caset as a result of surgery one week earlier to remove a broken hamate bone.
Parra, in right field, and Charlie Blackmon, in center field, are considered the two outfield certainties for the Rockies, and Parra was emphatic he will be ready in plenty of time to get in shape before the Rockies open the season against the D-Backs in Arizona March 29.
“We’re fine,” said Parra. “We have a lot of time before Opening Day. I’ll continue to work on my body and maybe in two weeks I’ll swing.”
Parra said he felt something in his hand while he was hitting in a cage last week.
Doctors usually expected a recovery period from the hamate surgery of four to six weeks, but in August of 2016 then Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds was sidelined for 20 days with a similar surgery.
Rockies manager Bud Black did not seem overly concerned.
“I think the history of hamate bone (injuries) is that guys come back and there are really no issues,” Black said. “You are always concerned when there is any procedure, but in this case, it is pretty straightforward for most all players. And the recovery rate is very, very high. He’s going to be fine.”
The hamate has a hook-shaped part which protrudes outwards can be fractured if there is enough force. The positioning of the hand against the knob of the baseball bat can lead to the injury.
With Parra sidelined early in camp it will create more opportunities for game action for highly regarded David Dahl and Raimel Tapia, who are candidates for the open left field spot,
“The expectation is to get David regular time on the playing field, both at practice in the morning, and once games start, to get him regular work,” Black said.
Parra, who hit a career-best .309 last season, is entering the final year of a three-year, $27.5 million contract that includes a club option for 2019.
Parra missed time each of the last two seasons with injuries. He suffered a high-ankle sprain and missed 46 games in2016, and last year was out for 28 games with a strained right quadriceps.