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Diving play leaves Omar Infante with fractured middle finger

Aug 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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Omar Infante‘s diving attempt at a ground ball with the bases loaded yesterday was unsuccessful and left the Marlins second baseman with a fractured right middle finger.

Infante initially remained in the game, but was eventually replaced by Wes Helms and is bound for the disabled list. However, manager Jack McKeon is hopeful that Infante “can come back in a short period of time.”

Infante’s double-play partner, Hanley Ramirez, is already day-to-day with a shoulder injury, so the Marlins are suddenly very thin in the middle infield. Emilio Bonifacio started at shortstop yesterday and Helms, who’d never played an inning at second base before this week, spent half the game there after replacing Infante.

Prior to the injury Infante was having a sub par season, hitting just .274 with three homers and a .674 OPS after three straight years with a mark above .750. The man he replaced at second base, Dan Uggla, has a .709 OPS for the Braves despite hitting below .200 until his recent hot streak.

  1. spudchukar - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    Since there is no link to the play, let me just say this, it was one strange injury. I don’t mean to demean Infante in any way, he gave it his all, and was also having a good night with the stick, but here is what happened. Schumaker hit a bases-loaded hard ground ball to the left of Infante, he dove to make the stop, or at least keep the ball from going into right field. As he was reaching for the ball his throwing hand got in the way of his glove hand and the ball caromed off into short right field. This wasn’t the case of trying with two hands to corral the ball, but his right hand was fully extended to break his dive, about 3 feet away from the ball and glove. Odd it was, but Infante was immediately distressed, and it was no surprise to find out it was broken. Just another reminder, as this aptly named blog reminds us every day, the ball is hard, and it can do damage, sometimes in the strangest of ways.

    • 78mu - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:07 PM

      That was a weird play. I can’t remember seeing a player dive for a ball and block it with his throwing hand.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    This is terrible news for the Feesh. How will he be able to drive on Macondo highways without the use of his middle finger?

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