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Mets prospect Matt den Dekker suffers a broken wrist

Mar 24, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

Matt den Dekker, Tony Cruz AP

Outfielder Matt den Dekker broke his right wrist bracing his fall after a dive in today’s Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers. Per ESPN’s Adam Rubin, GM Sandy Alderson is going to wait for more evaluations before anything else:

“We don’t know how serious it is,” Sandy Alderson said. “It’s serious enough, but we won’t know any details about the exact condition or recovery time until the doctors take a look up in New York. But the initial films came back positive.”

Splitting time between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo last year, den Dekker hit 17 home runs with a .779 OPS while playing superb defense. The Mets are hoping he can provide some relief in their otherwise lackluster outfield sooner rather than later.

  1. dondada10 - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Uh, first Capt’n Kirk and now this.

    MDD probably wasn’t going to make the team out of Spring, but it still sucks that his season is going to be delayed in starting.

  2. dalucks - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Get well soon. Hopefully, he will be a big contributor to a bright Mets future sooner rather than later.

  3. thebadguyswon - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Den Dekker isn’t a prospect. The guy is almost 26 years old and has a minor league career strikeout rate of 25%. He’s a reserve outfielder.

    • tsi431 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      You need to look at the definition of a prospect. He is a prospect. Whether young/old, good/bad, he is still a prospect.

      Baseball Prospectus seems to think he is a prospect.
      http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66001

      • thebadguyswon - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:10 PM

        25-year-olds are usually in the majors if they were any good to begin with.

        Den Dekker strikes out twice before breakfast each morning.

        Yes, technically he’s a prospect. But he’s not going to make much of an impact at the major league level.

  4. martyb30 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Beware! If you’re in the Mets system and you’re somewhat decent, somebody up there is out to get you.

  5. roadtrip3500 - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    den Dekker was slated to be the Mets’ next Endy Chavez… mediocre at the plate, but deadly in the outfield. He would have been that late-inning defensive replacement or a double-header second-game guy. Mets still need that kind of player, so hopefully this injury isn’t serious or year-long.

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