Rangers' Baker sprains thumb getting high-five
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Thanks to an over-exuberant high-five, the injury list keeps growing for the Texas Rangers.
Infielder Jeff Baker sprained his right thumb Thursday receiving a high-five from a teammate and was not in the lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Baker said the bizarre injury occurred before Thursday night's game against Toronto. The right-handed hitter said the thumb is still swollen and he can't hold a bat.
The 31-year-old did not identify the teammate who gave out the high-five.
"The teammate was a little over-excited, for whatever reason,'' Baker said. "It bent my thumb back. It is what it is. It's unfortunate. We'll deal with it and move on.''
The Rangers have eight players on the disabled list, including second baseman Ian Kinsler and first baseman Mitch Moreland.
Baker, who is hitting .386 against left-handers this season, has played five different positions and seen time at first base since Moreland went down June 6.
"When it rains it pours,'' Texas general manager Jon Daniels said.
Baker is hitting .317 with nine home runs and 16 RBIs this season. He was expected to start Friday against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle.