Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu has a sprained left thumb and also a small broken bone in it, the All-Star told Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post.
LeMahieu said he will not have to undergo surgery on his thumb, but he will be sidelined for longer than the normal 10 days on the disabled list.
“There is a small fracture,” he said to Saunders. “Thankfully, there is no need for surgery, just rest. I’ll hopefully pick up a bat very soon.”
LeMahieu is the fifth player in the majors that has had a thumb injury of some kind this season. Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier tore a ligament in his right thumb on April 15, Brewers slugger Eric Thames suffered a torn UCL in his left thumb on April 24, Giants second baseman Joe Panik tore a ligament in his left thumb on April 29, and Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock suffered an avulsion fracture of his left thumb on Monday night.
At the times of their injuries, Kiermaier was expected to miss 12-13 weeks, Thames was expected to be out six to eight weeks, Panik was expected to miss at least six weeks, and Pollock was expected to be out four to eight weeks.
LeMahieu, a two-time All-Star who won the National League batting crown in 2016, hurt the thumb during his third at-bat against the Brewers on Sunday. He is having a solid season for Colorado so far, slashing .279/.350/.457 with five home runs and 13 RBI in 32 games.