Giants rookie infielder Ryder Jones will not return this season after dislocating his knee, as Alex Pavlovic of NBC Bay Area was among those to report. Jones made seven plate appearances during his brief September call up.
It’s a sad and unfortunate situation for Jones, as the injury was something of a freak accident. The video in the link above shows how the 24-year-old dislocated his knee: it happened during an all-or-nothing-type swing in which he fouled a pitch into the seats behind third base. Jones immediately collapsed to the ground in immense pain, and needed help from the training staff to leave the field. The official diagnosis thereafter was a left knee patella dislocation, which apparently felt as painful as it sounds. The worst part is that this is the recurrence of a similar injury Jones suffered during the 2015 season.
Jones will reportedly undergo an MRI on Monday in order to determine if there’s any further damage beyond the initial diagnosis, and he’ll likely hit the 60-day disabled list at some point in the upcoming days to clear room for another September body. That will bring an abrupt end to an audition that was shaping up to be quite interesting; although Jones had only amassed seven plate appearances across four September contests, he’d already collected three hits including two homers.
Of course, there are risks that come with his profile. Jones struck out in the other four trips to the plate in 2018, and that certainly doesn’t help alleviate the pre-existing concerns about his plate discipline. During Jones’ MLB debut last season, he whiffed in 31.7% of his plate appearances while walking just 6.1% of the time. Across 171 trips to the plate in his career, Jones has now compiled a .185/.251/.318 batting line.