Victor Caratini is off to a blazing start with the bat this year, going 8-for-14 with a home run. He had an RBI double Thursday night, but was injured during that at-bat:
Victor Caratini injured left hand on first swing of his last AB. After X-ray, fear is it’s a hamate fracture. Will have CT scan Friday to get more information.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 12, 2019
This is not good news; hamate fractures can take a long time to heal. And Caratini hit an RBI double in that at-bat after he injured his hand! In the meantime, the Cubs have recalled Taylor Davis from Triple-A Iowa:
CT scan confirms fractured left hamate for Caratini. Surgery Monday. Out 4-6 weeks. Taylor Davis recalled. #Cubs— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) April 12, 2019
Davis isn’t really a long-term solution at backup catcher. The Cubs will likely have to go out and try to find a team willing to trade someone, and that cost might be high considering the Cubs don’t have much leverage at this point. All the catching free agents from this past offseason either signed with someone, or retired.
Hopefully Caratini’s injury is not serious and he can return after only the minimum 4-6 weeks on the injured list. As always, we await further developments.