Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wilson on DL

Jack Splat's sprained middle finger is no longer day-to-day; the Bucs have put the veteran shortstop on the 15-day DL after last night's game, where he joins Ryan Doumit and Craig Hansen.

Wilson was an ironman until the end of 2006, when he missed a couple of weeks thanks to a swollen knuckle, followed by an ear infection. He played 142 games.

In 2007, Splat got in 135 games, missing time with a hammy strain and slight concussion suffered in a basepath collision.

Last year, Wilson played in just 87 games, going down at the season's start with a calf tear and at the year's end with a broken finger (no, it's not related to this season's injury - this one was on his right hand). Now he's gone again with the finger sprain.

Pittsburgh called up Brian Bixler to take his place. Bix was hitting .327 at Indy, but we're still a bit surprised that Luis Cruz, who started the year on the 25-man roster, didn't get the nod. He's been red hot at Indy, hitting .429 in the week or so since he was sent down to clear room for Delwyn Young.

Still, Ramon Vazquez, we would assume, will be slated to get the lion's share of playing time, at least against righties, in Wilson's absence.

His fat 2010 contract option and recent injury history makes the popular Wilson even less likely to finish out his career in Pittsburgh. $8M+ is a lotta loot for a guy that's having trouble getting and staying on the field.

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