In baseball, health is a skill. Certain players, for whatever reason, tend to be prone to injuries. Some, like George Brett and Paul Molitor early in their careers, suffered injuries from playing hard all the time. Others, like Kansas City Royal Lorenzo Cain, just can’t seem to stay healthy.
Cain, who suffered through a myriad of leg injuries in 2012, experienced soreness in his right hand while taking batting practice this weekend. The Royals, ever cautious with fragile players, removed him from the practice session. The injury is not thought to be serious but the Royals are taking no chances.
It would be a big blow to Cain and the Royals if this turns out to be more serious. Kansas City needs more from Cain than the 61 games he played in 2012. Not only do the Royals need his defense but the potential pop his bat could generate in the bottom third of the order. Cain has the talent to hit 15-18 home runs and drive in 80 if he can just stay healthy. The Royals are thin in the outfield, where only Jarrod Dyson, David Lough, Xavier Nady, and Willy Taveras can be counted as possible options, and all are really just back-ups at this point in their careers, and should not be counted on to play every day.
These continued injuries to Cain have to be worrisome for the Royals. They just can’t afford to lose Lorenzo Cain for any length of time this season. Let’s hope this hand pain is just a bruise or normal early Spring Training soreness. Fans should be nervous until Cain’s current injury is officially verified as minor, and even then, the Kansas City front office needs to be on the look out for a possible replacement if they don’t think they have a good enough in-house option should he go down yet again.