Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera will miss the rest of the season with a hand injury. According to the Blue Jays official Twitter account, it is a fairly serious injury that will require surgery:
Melky Cabrera has suffered a right pinky finger fracture with an avulsion of extensor tendon. He will have season ending surgery next week.— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) September 6, 2014
An avulsion essentially means that the extensor tendon was exposed as the surface tissue was forcibly detached from the structure. Ouch.
Cabrera has had a good season for the Blue Jays, but more and more it is clear that he needs to be relegated to designated hitting duties. Though he has hit .301/.358/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI, he only accrued 2.5 Wins Above Replacement due to his poor range and throwing skills in the outfield (-12.4).
Cabrera is also a free agent at the conclusion of this season, and has expressed a desire to return to the Blue Jays. If his rehab goes well, Cabrera will see a lot of interest during the winter from several teams looking for offensive help.