It is probably a broken Navicular bone. It usually takes anywhere from 6-12 weeks to recover, however many times the bones fail to fuse back from the break require surgery. Also, in some instances, it causes permanent stiffness in the wrist. If this is the case for Lee, this may be career affecting.
Edit: didn't read the entire update at the top - this isn't entirely a wrist injury then but fractures at the tip of the bones connecting the forearm to the wrist. This is actually worse sadly. It'll, in most instances, take 3-4 months.
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Yeah, it's a tricky place for a bone break because it's right where the ulna and the radius meet the bones in the hand. There's a lot more things that can go wrong in that area than with your typical bone break. If it doesn't heal absolutely perfectly, he'll never be the power hitter he was.
Obviously, he'll have the top Docs to set the bones, but even in the best case scenario, Don't expect much from Lee at all this year. I suspect he'll be out all year rehabilitating that wrist.
I don't think that his power will be cause for concern. Lee tends to use his right hand more as a guide hand like Bonds does. Most of his power comes from his upper and lower body coupled with his left side. His power will stay constant IMO, just he may no longer be the gold glover he's always been.
Fade2White12 wrote:I don't think that his power will be cause for concern. Lee tends to use his right hand more as a guide hand like Bonds does. Most of his power comes from his upper and lower body coupled with his left side. His power will stay constant IMO, just he may no longer be the gold glover he's always been.
This shouldn't affect his glove, either. He gloves lefty, so I don't see a problem there.
It's bad in the field too. It's his throwing hand. And I don't care how he swings, a righty hitter needs a healthy right wrist. I'm not saying he can't hit, but it's gonna take some velocity off his swing, and that's gonna curb his numbers. If he plays at all this year, it'll probably be with cortisone injections, but cortisone numbs the wrists, which affects the throwing even more... Too bad he can't DH.
Best case scenario, he's back in July, but not the hitter he was for a few months at least.... Worst case, he's never the hitter he was.
The problem for the Cubs is, long term, it'd be better to sit him a long time and rehab that wrist properly, but they're paying him so much $ the pressure to get him out there early is great and that could slow his healing or leave him permanently with a sore wrist.