After spending several years playing minor league baseball, it looked like Hunter Dozier would finally get his chance to play in the MLB. He made is major league debut in September with the Kansas City Royals, but he strained an oblique muscle and missed most of the early part of the 2017 season.
Unfortunately, Dozier was just getting back into the game when he fractured the hamate bone in his left wrist in early June while playing for the Omaha Storm Chasers, a minor league affiliate of the Royals. Dozier is expected to be unable to play baseball for roughly four to six weeks.
Hamate fractures, like the one Dozier suffered, typically happen in sports where the person swings something, such as a bat, club, or racket, and then connects with an inanimate object. Even with fractures in other parts of the wrist, though, many of the symptoms are the same. Swelling, bruising, pain, and tenderness are common. Along with that, the person may experience weakness in the affected area.
With a hamate fracture, the person will immediately experience pain in the area around the thumb. The pain will intensify with any gripping activity. While some fractures can be diagnosed using an x-ray, others will require a CT scan.
If the fracture is not displaced, it can often be immobilized in a cast, allowing the injury to properly heal. Healing time will depend upon the place and severity of the wrist fracture, but if surgery is not required, the injury will typically heal in six weeks or less. If the bone is displaced, there is bone fragmentation, or there are other complications, surgery might be needed. If that is the case, the healing time will be longer.
If you suspect you have broken a bone in your wrist, be sure to visit a doctor right away. The sooner you get your injury treated, the better.