Eric Thames’ Thumb Injury Could Be Serious
While we were all miserable with the finish of the Bucks game, the Milwaukee Brewers continue to be a ray of sunlight. They won again on Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Sadly, it did come at a price. Eric Thames went down with a thumb injury on a defensive play at first play. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said there was some concern about the status of Thames, and that’s a bit troubling for the Brewers. If Thames is hurt for a long time, there are solutions, but the Brewers lose a big bat in their order.
First base is probably the one position where you could have a serious injury and have the pieces to keep the train rolling on. Jesus Aguilar has been nothing short of fantastic for the Crew this season, and he can provide the same type of offense that Thames did. Defensively, I would probably give the nod to THames, but it’s not like he’s a Gold Glove first baseman. If this means a disabled list stint, you wonder if Ji-Man Choi will get the call-up. Choi had a blazing Spring Training then helped the Brewers win on Opening Day. With Domingo Santana’s struggles, Ryan Braun may be needed more in the outfield than at first base meaning Choi’s callup would make sense.
It’s incredible the Brewers keep winning games amid injuries. This team suffered a bunch already this season, and with Thames now the latest to go down, let’s hope it’s not a theme of the season. These things tend to keep happening to certain squads. We’ll likely have news on Thames later this afternoon.