The 2016 MLB season went well for Ian Desmond, who at the time was playing for the Texas Rangers. That season, Desmond got 22 home runs and 86 RBIs. Unfortunately, the 2017 season does not look as good for Desmond, who now plays for the Colorado Rockies. On March 12, Desmond suffered a fractured metacarpal when he was hit in the left hand by a pitch during a spring game against the Cincinnati Reds.
The day after Desmond’s injury, it was determined that his metacarpal fracture will unfortunately require surgery. He will miss the beginning of the regular season, but it is still unclear how much time he will ultimately have to miss. Similarly injured professional athletes have been out anywhere from about a month to several months. Because Desmond did have surgery, his recovery time will likely be on the longer end of the spectrum.
Metacarpal fractures can happen in any one of the five metacarpal bones in the hand, which are located between the finger bones and the wrist bones. Because the metacarpal bones are long and thin, they are susceptible to fractures, particularly when the hand either hits into something at a high speed or is hit by something at a high speed.
Some of the most recognizable symptoms of a metacarpal fracture are pain, swelling, and tenderness in and around the affected area. The knuckle may also be deformed, bruised, or have limited range-of-motion.
While some metacarpal fractures will require surgical treatment, many can be treated non-surgically. Non-surgical treatment typically involves placing the injured area in a splint and immobilizing it for about six weeks.
If you suspect that you have suffered a metacarpal fracture, be sure to visit a doctor right away to determine the extent of your injury. The sooner the injury is assessed, the sooner you can begin your path to recovery.