He was hit by a Yu Darvish fastball (that has to hurt), and his hand has been sore ever since.
The Mets, however, ruled out any fractures through X-rays and some additional imaging.
According to the first baseman, that’s probably the best possible outcome considering the nature and circumstances of his injury.
“Alonso: ‘This is probably the best-case scenario for sure’,” Mike Puma of the New York Post tweeted.
Alonso: “This is probably the best-case scenario for sure.”
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) June 8, 2022
While it’s not evident in the tweet, Alonso is probably referring to the absence of any fractures in the bones of his hand.
For a power hitter, hand and wrist fractures are extremely problematic: even when they heal correctly, it usually takes a few months for a slugger to regain all his power.
Fortunately, it looks like Alonso will not have to worry about that.
Alonso Is Still Dealing With Pain And Swelling
He is, however, still dealing with some pain and swelling, which is natural after you get drilled in the hand by a 96-mph fastball.
He won’t return to the Mets’ lineup until that’s no longer the case.
The Mets are probably waiting to see how the swelling and the pain responds in the next couple of days regarding a potential trip to the injured list.
Manager Buck Showalter said yesterday that he wasn’t too optimistic about Alonso avoiding the list, but we will have to keep waiting for a more encouraging update.
The talented Alonso is having an excellent season, hitting .282/.363/.546 with 16 home runs, 38 runs, 54 RBI, and a fantastic .909 OPS.
He has a good shot at the best season of his career, and hopes it also results in a postseason berth for his beloved Mets.