The Pittsburgh Pirates have been without its talented third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes for over two weeks and are hoping for his return soon.
Hayes went on the injured list during the last week of June with low back inflammation.
On July 6, Pittsburgh activated him from the 10-day injured list and the next day, the team put him back on IL.
Though the Pirates hate to see him miss time due to injury, Hayes can pick up where he left off when he makes his debut during the second half of the season.
We all know how much of a competitor Hayes is, but when the injury bug strikes, sometimes it’s best to take a seat and rest.
“It had been bothering him, and he had been stiff and it just hadn’t gotten better,” manager Derek Shelton said in an mlb.com article a few weeks ago. “It got to the point where we had to give it a little bit of a rest. He did some hitting yesterday and it just didn’t respond to it. We decided this morning it was the best case.”
This season Hayes has appeared in 76 games and is hitting .252 with five home runs, 32 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Hayes Was Roping In June
During the month of June, Hayes was seeing the ball well at the plate. He hit .337 and had a .518 slugging percentage.
On June 9 he had his best offensive performance of the season. He went five-for-five with four RBI and three runs scored, as well as a stolen base.
This season, Hayes has shown that he can become an elite hitter and do it on a consistent basis. While he’s on the IL, he’s still one of the top hitters on his team.
Our MLBbro has dealt with a similar injury last year which forced him to miss some time and the Pirates want to make sure they are treating this injury the right way this time.
Pirates director of sports medicine, Todd Tomczyk spoke on Hayes’ injury when the team first put him on the IL back in June.
“He was grinding through some things in Miami over the weekend,” Tomczyk said in an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He was playing through some discomfort, he was playing through the inflammation. So we just met as a physician group, met as a medical team and wanted to do what’s best for Key both short and long term.”
The Pirates definitely want to make sure they are taking all the necessary precautions to make sure Hayes will be 100 percent healthy when he returns to the field.
If Hayes can stay healthy throughout the remainder of the season, he can continue to be one of the leaders on offense and defense.
While it’s not easy missing time, you better believe that Hayes will be ready when Pittsburgh gives him the green light.