White Sox reliever Matt Albers underwent surgery on his fractured right pinky finger last week and will now miss six to eight weeks, general manager Rick Hahn revealed Tuesday.
Albers suffered a compression fracture in his pinky during April 23’s brawl with Kansas City and was initially given a recovery timetable of two or three weeks. Hahn said the bone in Albers’ pinky wasn’t healing properly, so he was forced to undergo the procedure to insert pins into the fractured finger.
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The injury occurred when Albers tried to pull someone away from the thick of the melee between the White Sox and Royals last month.
"(He was) reaching, trying to pull someone back and the finger jammed on it and the tip of the pinkie got displaced and had to be reset," Hahn said.
The White Sox brought up right-hander Scott Carroll to replace Albers on April 26. Albers appeared in four games prior to his injury, allowing one run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Albers signed with the White Sox as a minor league free agent in February and earned a spot on the Opening Day roster out of spring training. The 32-year-old missed most of the 2014 season with tendonitis in his right shoulder, but compiled a 2.77 ERA over 119 relief appearances between Cleveland, Arizona and Boston in 2012-2013.
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.