On Monday morning, the Padres received some terrible news in the form of a broken hand for LF Tommy Pham. Specifically, Pham broke the hamate bone which is usually broken when one falls with an outstretched hand, so it’s easy to see why an outfielder would fall victim to this type of fracture.
Manager Jayce Tingler confirmed the injury while giving an interview on Monday morning. He said he expects Pham to miss somewhere between four to six weeks, which means the rest of his season is in jeopardy. However, Tingler expects Pham to have a shot at returning earlier due to his notable “pain tolerance”.
“Knowing Tommy, knowing his pain tolerance, I think we’re hoping — is there a chance that that gets sped up a week, two weeks — somewhere in there just, knowing who Tommy is,” Tingler said. “Is there a chance, towards the end of the year where hopefully if we’re in the playoffs, to give us a shot.”
Unusually, Pham suffered the rare fracture while taking an awkward swing in the final inning of Sunday night’s 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.
“We knew it was not gonna be good when Tommy’s coming out of the game with the game on the line,” said Tingler. “You’re kinda expecting the worst.”
OF Josh Naylor, who was recently brought up by the team, will replace Pham on the active roster.