Omar Infante Injury: Updates on Tigers 2B's Hand

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 28:  Omar Infante #4 of the Detroit Tigers gets hit by a pitch thrown by Santiago Casilla #46 of the San Francisco Giants in the ninth inning during Game Four of the Major League Baseball World Series at Comerica Park on October 28, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Detroit Tigers' Omar Infante was 1-for-3 in Game 4 of the World Series before leaving the game in the ninth inning after being hit by a Santiago Casilla pitch.

Fox Sports reporter Jon Morosi had the news:

Omar Infante leaves game after being hit squarely on left hand. Danny Worth replaces him.

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 29, 2012

The severity of the injury is unknown, but you have to imagine that he's in some pain. Being taken out of an elimination game isn't easy, so that tells you how Infante's hand was feeling when he left.

Infante's lone hit came on a single to center field in the fifth inning. Despite his so-so performance at the plate Sunday night, he is hitting .300 in the postseason. From the bottom of the order, he provides solid power, good contact and the wherewithal to use a controlled bat.

In the regular season, Infante hit .274 with 12 HR and 53 RBI. He's not a superstar player, but he's an above-average second baseman in the field and at the plate. Losing him would be a blow to an already-reeling Tigers squad.

Replacing Infante was Danny Worth. Nothing against Worth, but he's not nearly the same player that his counterpart is. His regular-season batting average was just .216 in 74 spot at-bats. He's played in three postseason games so far, collecting one at-bat but failing to collect a hit.

The game isn't quite over Sunday night, so let's say the Tigers play another game. Plugging Worth in at the bottom of the lineup is a step back for an offense that has struggled horribly in the World Series.

If the team is eliminated, Infante will have plenty of time to recover.

Stay tuned for specifics regarding Infante's hand injury.