Eric Hosmer plans to undergo an X-ray on Thursday morning to gauge the status of the stress fracture in his right hand and, he hopes, receive clearance to swing a bat again.
“If it’s all healed up, then we start the hitting progression,” Hosmer said before Monday’s game against the Athletics.
Hosmer views the upcoming examination as the first milestone in his recovery from the injury. When the fracture was discovered on July 31, 11 days after he was first hit by a fastball, Hosmer indicated he could miss three to six weeks. The shorter end of the perspective appears unlikely, as Thursday marks the two-week anniversary of his diagnosis.
Still, Hosmer remains optimistic about his chances for an early return. This injury marks the only stint on the disabled list in his four-year career. The medical staff has not given him an idea how long his hitting program would last before he could return to action.
“All they’ve basically told me about is Thursday,” he said. “And then I guess after that, whatever the results are, they’re going to let me know.”
The club has not missed a beat in his absence. The team is 8-1 with Billy Butler handling first base in August. But manager Ned Yost still intends to install Hosmer back at first upon his return. Hosmer is a Gold Glover, and Butler is less proficient in the field.