It turns out that Jake Marisnick’s thumb injury that landed him on the 10-day injured list will keep him out of action for the foreseeable future. Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk told reporters that the outfielder will need surgery on his left thumb.
The injury deals with the outfielder’s UCL in that thumb. The good news for the Pirates is that the surgery is likely a repair and not a reconstruction, so it should be a matter of weeks without the services of Marisnick rather than months. He sustained the injury while making a diving catch in centerfield in Monday’s win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Marisnick’s defensive abilities in the outfield have been on full display this season, as he is responsible for three defensive runs saved and five outs above average. The Pirates will miss his stellar glove and plus-arm patrolling the outfield while he is on the shelf.
At the plate, Marisnick has been off to a slow start, hitting just .163 with a .400 with a pair of doubles and a stolen base.