SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Being selected by the D-backs in the Rule 5 Draft was a break for catcher Oscar Hernandez, but unfortunately for him, another break -- this one a fracture to the hamate bone of his left hand -- will keep him from making the Opening Day roster.
Hernandez will have surgery to remove the hamate bone Thursday morning. The surgery will be performed by hand specialist Don Sheridan.
Hernandez felt soreness in his left hand Monday so he taped it up for Tuesday's game. But during his fourth-inning at-bat he felt a sharp pain while fouling off a pitch.
"I hoped it was not a big deal," Hernandez said. "But it is what it is. I'm not giving up."
The usual recovery time from this procedure is four to six weeks.
As a Rule 5 Draft pick, Hernandez must stay on the big league roster all season or be offered back to the Rays. However, he can be on the disabled list and go out on an injury rehab assignment without having to be offered back to the Rays.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.