Late in the ninth inning of World Series Game 4, Detroit Tigers second baseman Omar Infante got hit by a pitch. Infante was hit by San Francisco Giants reliever Santiago Casilla, and was awarded with a spot on first base. However, Infante would exit the batter’s box and head towards the dugout.
It became apparent to fans that Infante was in immense pain. Infante hit the ground and rose to his feet, only to walk off towards the Tigers’ bench. Infante would be replaced by Danny Worth, who pinch ran for the second baseman. Worth was stranded on first base, as the Tigers failed to score the winning run in the ninth inning and would later lose in the next inning.
The Tigers have officially disclosed Infante’s injury as a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand. Infante’s broken bone will not require surgery, which is a relief for both the infielder and the Tigers. After spending four to six weeks in a cast, Infante should be ready to go for 2013 Spring Training.
The injury is the third to Infante’s left hand in his MLB career. Earlier in 2008 and 2009, the former Atlanta Braves member required surgery that led to partial seasons missed. In the 2012 ALCS versus the New York Yankees, Infante suffered a jammed thumb while diving for a groundball. The thumb injury did not cause any missed time for Infante.
Infante, was acquired in a trade with the Miami Marlins, which also included Anibal Sanchez. The Tigers gave up three prospects to solidify their pitching and have an everyday defensive second baseman. The former Tiger Infante provided the offense and defense that helped the Tigers win the AL Central. Infante is signed for the 2013 season, and barring any free agent moves, will be the starting second baseman for the 2013 Tigers.