Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco will head to the DL after being diagnosed with a “small, non-displaced fracture” in his left wrist, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports on Twitter. 24-year-old outfielder Aaron Altherr will be called up to take his roster spot.
It’s not yet clear what kind of time Franco will miss, but he’ll be in a splint for two to three weeks, per Jake Kaplan of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via Twitter). With just six weeks to go in the regular season, it certainly seems plausible that he’ll be out the rest of the way.
That would represent a mildly disappointing way to wrap up an outstanding year for the 22-year-old. But while Philadelphia would surely rather he continue to develop and draw fans into the park, the seemingly minor injury won’t do much to detract from the fact that Franco has already compiled a .277/.340/.490 slash with 13 home runs over 326 plate appearances this year in his first extended action at the big league level.
With a full offseason still to come, it seems unlikely that Franco will have much difficulty recovering and getting back to full speed in time for the spring. And after his breakout work thus far, it is all but certain that he’ll be penciled in as the starting third baseman for the rebuilding Phils entering 2016, whether or not he returns to the field this season.