Matt Den Dekker injured his right wrist in this afternoon’s 9-4 loss to the tigers in Port St. Lucie attempting to make a diving catch in center field. It turns out that his wrist is broken and he is being sent to New York to determine whether he needs surgery on the wrist.
Den Dekker, 25, could miss all or most of the season if surgery is required. This from MLB.com:
“We don’t know how serious it is,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “It’s serious enough, but we won’t know any details about the exact condition or the recovery time until the doctors take a look up in New York.”
Den Dekker was having a great spring defensively, making some incredible highlight-reel catches in the outfield, including this incredible grab from an early exhibition game:
Offensively, Den Dekker hasn’t been great, batting .205 this spring with one home run. He struggled at the plate in Triple-A last season, hitting only .220 while striking out 90 times in 317 plate appearances. Early on, he had been a possible candidate to break camp in an outfield spot, but that became increasingly less likely as camp went on.