How Did Moniak Break His Hand?
The break occurred when Moniak was struck by a pitch during the Phillies’ final preseason exhibition game against the Rays at Tropicana Field on Wednesday afternoon.
He’d hit a home run earlier in the game, continuing his hot streak at the plate.
Mickey Moniak of the Philadelphia Phillies will get a late start to the 2022 season after suffering an injury during his scorching spring.
According to Mike Gill of 97.3 ESPN, the 23-year-old shattered his right hand and will be out for up to six weeks.
Initial tests of Moniak’s hand did not reveal the fracture, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
In 15 spring-training games, the former No. 1 overall pick produced a 1.351 OPS with six home runs, earning him a spot on the roster out of camp.
Moniak was hit by a pitch from Tampa Bay pitcher Ryan Yarbrough in the fourth inning of the Phillies’ 9-2 victory. Moniak was hit by a pitch, but because he swung, the strikeout was recorded.
According to the Phillies, X-rays obtained at the ballpark in St. Petersburg were initially negative, and Moniak was diagnosed with a contusion.
On Thursday, the club held an optional workout at Citizens Bank Park. Moniak most likely felt discomfort in the area and sought additional testing, which found the fracture.
With the A’s sending a right-hander to the mound against the Phillies in their season opener on Friday, Moniak, a left-handed hitter, could have been the team’s starter in center field on his first day in the majors. The Phillies will most likely go with Matt Vierling now.
The Phillies were yet to decide how they would fill Moniak’s roster space. On the 40-man roster, the squad only has two other outfielders, Simon Muzziotti and Jhailyn Ortiz.
While Odbel Herrera recovers from an oblique injury, he appeared to be prepared to platoon in center field with Matt Vierling. Vierling appears to be the regular center now that Moniak is out.