News just came in that David DeJesus suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb and will require surgery. Standard recovery time is ten weeks, so he’s out for the rest of the year.
The first reaction gave a worst case scenario of six weeks of recovery time for the injury, so unfortunately, the extent of the problem was underestimated. It’s a terrible situation for the Royals as they lose out on the potential bounty they could have received in a trade for him, plus his performance was borderline for a Type A free agent before the injury and missing two months of production won’t help that cause.
The Royals still hold an affordable $6 million dollar option on him for 2011 and that may be the best way for them to go, unless they’re sure he’ll a) refuse arbitration at season’s end and b) recovery goes well enough for other teams to sign him (and give the Royals some supplemental draft).
Another note, as the acquisition of Sean O’Sullivan meant somebody had to go and the Royals made room for him by designating Anthony Lerew for assignment. He’s pretty likely to clear waivers and end up back at Omaha, but for now, let’s remember “Lash” and his sideburns…
O’Sullivan has been tabbed as the starter for Sunday’s series finale at Yankee Stadium.