Ian Desmond will undergo surgery to repair the fracture in his left hand, he Colorado Rockies announced today. Dr. Donald Sheridan will perform the operation in Scottsdale, Arizona according to Thomas Harding and the Rockies.
At this point, there is no timeline for his return, though the soonest would be the standard 6-8 weeks for any bone break. Hand injuries can be tricky, and this could drag out longer if there is any further damage to his hand or the bone does not heal as expected.
Desmond’s hand was broken during Sunday’s game when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Cincinnati Reds starter Rookie Davis.
Mark Reynolds appears to be the likely replacement for Desmond at first base. Reynolds was already expected to make the active roster in a bench role for the Rockies after being the team’s every day first baseman last season until he suffered his own hand injuries that ended his season prematurely. Because Reynolds in in camp on a minor league deal, the Rockies will have make a spot for him on their 40-man roster before Opening Day.