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Mike Zunino out six weeks with fractured hamate bone

Jul 26, 2013, 5:55 PM EST

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Mike Zunino exited last night’s game after taking a foul ball off his left hand and the Mariners catcher has been diagnosed with a fractured hamate bone.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Zunino is expected to miss six weeks, meaning the rookie is no sure thing to play again this season.

Zunino was called up on June 12 despite hitting .238 with a horrible strikeout-to-walk ratio (albeit with lots of power) at Triple-A and the former No. 3 overall pick has predictably struggled in the majors, hitting .242 with two homers and a .659 OPS in 29 games while striking out 26 times compared to nine walks.

Seattle released Kelly Shoppach to make room for Zunino last month, leaving 41-year-old Henry Blanco atop their catching depth chart for the moment.

  1. dugldo - Jul 26, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    You forgot to mention after bashing the hitting stats that he has been quite an upgrade defensively behind the plate. Not more than a handfull of guys that catch and can rake too. Tough break for the Ms

  2. aaroncurryisbust - Jul 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    He’s been on fire offensively since the All-Star and he’s been terrific at the dish since Day 1. What an ignorant statement.

  3. fearthehoody - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Tough injury for my M’s. Ackley & Smoak finally tearing it up consistently. Miller, Franklin, & Zunino were holding their own. Future looks good

  4. scdocal - Jul 27, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Braves will give up laird for Perez

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