The Kansas City Royals are safely out of playoff contention right now, which makes the development of young players like shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. crucial for the future. Fans held their breath after the 22-year-old was hit by a pitch on Tuesday night, but the initial injury update comes with good news.
Bobby Witt Jr. Injury Update
X-rays on Witt's hand came back clear and the team is optimistic that a lengthy absence will not be necessary. Witt exited the game against the Houston Astros during the ninth inning in the middle of his at-bat. That was because a 97-mph sinker hit him square on the knuckle, causing it to swell up.
“It’s the third time I’ve been hit on this hand. I’ve luckily been able to come back from those, I trust our trainers and staff with what they do."- Bobby Witt Jr. on his hand injury
Witt was called up to the Royals surrounded by outrageous expectations, but has had no trouble living up the hype. He currently leads the team in home runs (12), RBI (42), total bases (132) and triples (5). Witt is slashing .236/.286/.444 across his first 77 MLB games and has been great on defense, too.
The 2019 No. 2 overall pick is being considered day-to-day for now and is set to undergo further testing on Wednesday. In all likelihood, Witt will sit out against the Astros in Game 2 of the series. The rest will help the swelling go down and give manager Mike Matheny a clearer return timeline for Witt.
Kansas City is a +235 underdog against Houston on Wednesday, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.