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Cardinals mega-prospect Oscar Taveras suffers ankle injury

May 12, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

Oscar Taveras AP

Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras left today’s game against the Fresno Grizzlies with an ankle injury, tweets Joe Strauss. He suffered the injury attempting to steal a base in the ninth inning. As of yet, there are no details on the severity of the injury.

Taveras was rated the #3 overall prospect by both Baseball America and entering the season, and was hitting .314 entering the game. Taveras, getting his first taste of Triple-A competition this year, turns 21 next month.

Update (10:00 PM): Derrick Goold tweets…

  1. duckthefodgers - May 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Damn, not a mega-prospect.

  2. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 12, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    No, not Minor League Guy

  3. biasedhomer - May 12, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Are mega prospects better than uber prospects?

  4. okwhitefalcon - May 12, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Per Derrick Goold:

    “Taveras day to day with right ankle injury. X-Rays taken and no fracture found”

  5. hammerrm - May 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    As a fantasy owner: “Phew.” As a Reds fan: “Damn”

  6. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Thank god for no mike-napoli-foot-bent-the-wrong-way pic

    • paperlions - May 13, 2013 at 7:35 AM

      Please do not ever ever ever ever EVER mention that again. I am going to be limping around the rest of the day.

    • jm91rs - May 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      I had never seen this, so of course I had to google it. Found a picture of napoli going into second with a speech bubble “what are you looking at?” and Furcal with a speech bubble “your foot fell off, bro”

      I laughed until I noticed just how nasty that ankle looked.

  7. jimtron11 - May 12, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Just because he didn’t suffer a fracture doesn’t rule out a potentially serious injury. Taveras slid into 2nd on a successful SB attempt and appeared to get his right foot stuck under his body just as he approached the bag. Taveras couldn’t put any weight on the right side of his body and he appeared to be in a great deal of pain as a coach helped him off the field. It looked eerily similar to the Jose Reyes injury. Like Taveras, Reyes’ x-ray came back clean, but an MRI revealed a severe sprain and he was declared out for 3 months by Blue Jays management. I’m guessing we won’t see Taveras on a minor league diamond until at least mid-June as the Cardinals are sure to err on the side of extreme caution with their prized prospect. This would seemingly push back a promotion to the big leagues even further, particularly if Craig, Adams and Beltran avoid serious injuries.

    • jm91rs - May 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Way too early to say that. You could sprain an ankle and miss a week or sprain an ankle and miss a year. No way anyone knows that right now.

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