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Jordan Schafer leaves Astros camp to see hand specialist

Mar 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Jordan Schafer, who injured his left hand making a catch in the outfield on March 18 and hasn’t played since, has left Astros camp to be examined by a hand specialist in Atlanta.

Schafer has a long history of left hand injuries that have stalled his career in past seasons and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that the injury did not respond well following a weekend batting practice session.

For now he’s been diagnosed with a sprain, but Schafer told McTaggart that he believes the injury is nerve-related. So far at least the Astros haven’t ruled him out for Opening Day and if healthy he’ll be the starting center fielder.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Hey Jordan, you know what would help the pain of that aching hand? Pot. Oh wait…..

  2. stex52 - Mar 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    We are reverting to the form I expected from Shafer. Oh well, he had a great Spring Training.

  3. jeffa43 - Mar 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Trade All Star Bourne for Schafer…… Really bad idea.

    One can hit .300, one is a perenial all star, one is the best stolen base option in baseball, and one has multiple Gold Gloves……

    The Other is Schafer….. Atl gave Houston the schaft all right…..

    Almost just as bad of a move is trading Jason Bougouis…. when you already traded your all star CF…. Bougouis who may be the second best steal threat in baseball, with an awesome glove…..

    At the time of the trade, you knew Jordans history, and that he has also trouble with the law…. and you trade Bougouis as well….

    God Help us Astro fans…. cant wait for football….

    • stex52 - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      In fairness, Atlanta didn’t give Houston the shaft. Drayton and Ed did. Drayton said he wanted the payroll down and Ed went out and made the deal. Fortunately, Ed got fired anyway and Drayton is finally gone.

      But we fans are left holding the bag.

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