After three consecutive sub-.500 seasons, the Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping to experience more success this year with the 2022 MLB season less than a week away. Although they have promising young players to help them achieve that goal, few are as important as third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes.
Hayes has been sidelined for the last week or so with a sprained ankle, leaving his Open Day availability up in the air. Fortunately, the Pirates received some great news Saturday with the latest Hayes injury update.
Ke'Bryan Hayes Injury Update
Hayes will take a step forward in his recovery Saturday as he's scheduled for living batting practice. Considering that he began taking grounders again on Thursday, all signs point to the 25-year-old being good to go for the Pirates' season opener next week.
Health has been a concern for Hayes during his short MLB career. A wrist injury held him to just 96 games in 2021, however, he still managed to record six home runs, 38 RBIs and a .257/.316/.373 slash line in 362 at-bats.
Hayes told reporters Saturday that he'd likely be playing through his injury if it was the regular season, which is another reason he'll likely be ready for Opening Day. Assuming his injury issues are behind him, the exciting third basemen could be due for a breakout performance this season.
The Pirates certainly wouldn't complain if Hayes can elevate his play this season. As it stands, Pittsburgh is currently tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the worst odds (+50000) to win the 2022 World Series.
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