LeMahieu headed to DL with thumb injury | Rockies.com
The Colorado Rockies have placed second baseman DJ LeMahieu on the 10-day Disabled List with a sprained left thumb. After seven seasons in the major leagues without a DL stint, this will be the second trip this year for LeMahieu. Previously, LeMahieu suffered a right hamstring strain. Evidently, the thumb sprain occurred during an at-bat in Sunday’s game, according to Nick Groke of The Athletic. Rockies Manager Bud Black said the injury is nothing that the team is too concerned about. “We’re trying to be optimistic on this one, but we will have to wait and see.”

LeMahieu has been a productive hitter in a very top-heavy Rockies lineup, slashing .279/.350/.457 through 32 games. DJ was also producing a career-high .178 Isolated Power percentage (slugging percentage minus batting average), with a surprising 5 home runs in his first 143 plate appearances, after hitting 8 long balls in all of 2017.

Taking LeMahieu’s place on the active roster will be utility player Pat Valaika, who is certainly hoping for more success in his second go-around in the majors in 2018. After cracking the Opening Day roster, Valaika only hit .103/.175/.155 in 64 plate appearances, receiving plentiful playing time versus left-handed pitching. After being sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque, Valaika has hit .176/.211/.176 through 19 plate appearances, which is… better, I guess.

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