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Jordan Lawlar To Miss Several Months Due To Thumb Surgery

Jordan Lawlar To Miss Several Months Due To Thumb Surgery

Diamondbacks shortstop Jordan Lawlar will undergo surgery on his right thumb and will be out of action for eight to ten weeks, per a report from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The young shortstop injured his thumb trying to pick up a ball during a minor league Spring Training game, suffering a ruptured UCL ligament.

Lawlar, 21, wasn’t going to be in the Opening Day plans for the Diamondbacks but is one of the top prospects in the league and made his major league debut last year. He hit just .129/.206/.129 in his first 34 major league plate appearances last year and the Snakes decided to go with Geraldo Perdomo as their primary shortstop to start the 2024 campaign, but Lawlar could have been knocking on the door if he were playing well in Triple-A. That will now be on hold for at least a few months while he is recovering from surgery instead.

The sixth overall pick in the 2021 draft, Lawlar has quickly shot up through the minor leagues. Last year, he played 105 games on the farm between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting 20 home runs and drawing walks in 11.4% of his plate appearances. His .278/.378/.496 combined batting line amounted to a wRC+ of 126, indicating he was 26% better than league average. He also stole 36 bases in 41 tries.

Since Lawlar is also considered a strong defender, his all-around contributions have him near the top of all prospect lists. He is #7 overall at Baseball America, #8 at FanGraphs, #11 at MLB Pipeline, #17 at ESPN while Keith Law of The Athletic has him in the #4 slot.

Despite all that prospect hype, Lawlar is still young and had just 30 games played above Double-A, 14 of which were his aforementioned struggles in the big leagues last year. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo announced last month that the club would open the season with Perdomo as the everyday shortstop. Perdomo had a nice season in 2023, combining roughly average offense with solid defense and 16 stolen bases.

It seems a matter of time before Lawlar pushes Perdomo for that job but this injury will kick that down the road by a few months. It’s the second hit to the shortstop depth for the Snakes today, as Kevin Newman also opted out of his minor league deal. Lawlar was optioned to the minors a couple of weeks ago, so he will be on the minor league injured list and won’t accrue major league service time.

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