GLEN ROSE – The bunt giveth. The bunt taketh away.
The Tigers will be without the services of starting second baseman Tyler Torres for the foreseeable future. The sophomore suffered a broken proximal phalanx just behind the middle knuckle on his right index finger in the 8-0 win Friday, April 22 over Millsap, according to a family member.
The break occurred during the top of the first inning Friday on a sacrifice bunt attempt with Camron Rush on first base. Torres fouled the pitch off of his hand into the backstop. He finished the game 1-for4 with a single into left field in the sixth inning – with a broken finger.
A bunt attempt not unlike the couple handfuls of drag bunt attempts Torres has executed this season for one of his team leading hits.
Losing a starting player is never good for any team, but losing a starting second baseman that leads the team in hits (23), runs scored (21), batting average (.426), on-base percentage (.544), base on balls (13) and stolen bases (10) is an awfully tough way to begin a playoff run.
According to handtoelbow.com – an online database for hand, wrist and elbow injuries – the break Torres suffered at the proximal phalanx base, or into the joint, is repaired one of two ways.
“For simple breaks with two main pieces, if surgery is needed it can usually be done without opening the skin,” the specialist care website reads, “but passing two to three wires across the break using x-rays for guidance. The wires typically remain in place for four to five weeks.”
However, according to a family member, a specialist confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Torres does not require surgery. Feel free to take that sigh of relief.
Handtoelbow.com explains that “most breaks do not separate far, so an operation is not needed. Rather the finger is supported in plaster for 3-4 weeks and moved carefully from there.”
Replacing Torres in the lineup over the next month will not be easy. Glen Rose Head Coach James Evans will presumably look to work both Ty Campbell and Camden Reynolds into the fold. Though the two have combined for one hit in six trips to the plate this season.
The absence will also lead to a shakeup to the top of the Glen Rose batting order, as Torres manned the two-hole for the entire season. With all things constant, it is conceivable that Evans could slide right fielder, Gus Stoner (.268/.464/.292 with 13 free passes) into the No. 2 spot in the order.
Luckily, Glen Rose has two rather easy 11-3A games remaining to close out the regular season and will then look to play another playoff tune-up game prior to kicking off the UIL 3A Bi-District round of the 2016 playoffs.