New York David DeJesus will have surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right thumb, and the Kansas City Royals outfielder will miss at least 10 weeks.
DeJesus sprained his right thumb crashing into the fence in center field Thursday night in Yankee Stadium, a play that resulted in an inside-the-park homer for Derek Jeter. The Royals initially called the injury a sprain Friday when he was placed on the disabled list. But DeJesus saw a specialist in Cleveland and it was determined he would have surgery Monday.
“We lost two pretty good hitters yesterday,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of DeJesus and Alberto Callaspo, who was traded to the Angels on Thursday for right-hander Sean O’Sullivan and a minor league pitcher.
DeJesus was batting .318 with five homers and 37 RBIs this season and was the subject of trade rumors as the July 31 deadline approached.
The Royals recalled outfielder Alex Gordon from Triple-A Omaha on Friday.