Jagielo out 4-6 weeks with broken bone in face following hit-by-pitch

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3:44pm: Jagielo had to undergo surgery to repair the fracture, he announced on Instagram. (The picture isn’t gross.) Everything went well.

1:01pm: Third base prospect Eric Jagielo is out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his face, VP of Baseball Ops Mark Newman confirmed to Josh Norris. Jagielo took a fastball to the face during an Instructional League game over the weekend. He will be replaced on the Arizona Fall League roster, according to Newman.

Jagielo, 22, was the Yankees’ first round pick in the 2013 draft. He hit .259/.354/.460 (132 wRC+) with 16 homers in 85 games around an oblique injury with High-A Tampa this year. The broken bone stinks but that seems like the best case scenario whenever you talk about a pitch up around the head. Jagielo could have suffered a concussion or serious eye damage. All things considered, this is good news. Heal up and get ready for 2015.

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  • Posada_20

    Thank God he escaped serious injury. Sucks that he won’t be able to play in the AFL but it could have been much worse. Should be fine for ST

  • Pkyankfan69

    Sucks… Wonder who will take his place in the AFL?

    • Posada_20

      Dante Bichette Jr.?

      • Pkyankfan69

        Probably a pretty good guess

        • CashmanNinja

          He could use at bats so I can see it happening. It just sucks because Jagielo really needed the at bats since he missed some time. C’est la vie.

    • blake

      Arod

      • Pkyankfan69

        Funny thing is that if they could do it, sending Arod makes a lot of sense. Either Arod gets rid of some of the rust and is more prepared for next season or he gets hurt and the Yankees get back to collecting insurance money. Win/Win

        • 86w183

          I don’t think he’s eligible yet. Suspension runs thru post-season if I’m not mistaken.

        • Scott

          I don’t think he is allowed because he has been on the major league roster. That is why Cashman asked him to play winter ball in the dominican, they (major leaguers) can play down there.

  • CashmanNinja

    This is definitely good news considering the other possible outcomes. He could have had permanent damage. Even a concussion could have been the type of thing to linger in the future. The bone will heal and the only real downside is missing out on the AFL. It would have been nice for him to get as many at bats as possible, but considering how it could have been this is good news.

  • David Masino

    as a kid I remember watching Dickie Thon get hit in the face by Mike Torres… Derailed a very promising career, so you always cross your fingers w/ something like this. Looks like nothing of the sort here, thankfully.

    As for Jags going forward, defense issues aside, the key for him will likely be strike zone judgement. Stays the same, we have Kyle Roller, gets quite a bit better then we could have that middle of the order presence for the future that he was drafted to hopefully be.

    • CashmanNinja

      Head injuries can be scary. Just look at Tony Conigliaro. He was never the same after he messed up his eye. The worst that I can remember was Bryce Florie against the Yankees in 2000. He had a damaged retina and major facial damage. I still remember seeing him sit up when they held a towel to him and the blood just gushed out of it like you wouldn’t believe. I felt so queasy when that happened. So yes…head injuries can be devastating. I know a broken bone isn’t exactly a simple injury, but it’s probably the injury to get if you’re going to be hit in the head like that full on (as opposed to being grazed like how Chase Headley was).

      • 86w183

        Always scary if it’s around the eye socket. That’s why Marlins should be concerned about Stanton.
        Tony C. actually came back from the August ’67 beaning to have a pretty good 1969 season (.255, 20 HR, 82 RBI) and a terrific 1970 campaign (.266, 36 HR, 116 RBI) before his eyesight began to degenerate.
        Might have been an All-time great. He had 104 HR in three+ seasons in an era dominated by pitching (’64-’67) before he got drilled.

        • CashmanNinja

          Conigliaro did come back and had above average seasons, but it wasn’t much of a career in total. I think he played like 8 total years in the majors (after being out of the league a few years), but there were lots of lost years. It was closer to 6 years total. I don’t know if he’d have been an All-Time great, but I definitely think he would have been an All-Time Red Sox player. They still view him fondly there, but it’s more along the lines of what could have been and not what was. I also agree that the Marlins should be careful with Stanton and make sure they don’t rush him back too quickly. He had more than just a broken bone. There was dental work and it was closer to the eye. There’s always a chance that there could be pressure placed on his eye and the general area that could change how he sees a ball and movement. I feel that he’ll recover just fine, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

          • 86w183

            You never know, but it was amazing he had all those HR at a young age. He was 22 when he was hit and already had 104 HR. Finished with 166 in 876 games.
            Stanton should have regular eye exams (monthly?) thru the off-season and the upcoming campaign.

            • CashmanNinja

              If I’m the Marlins I give him an exam every week. There are a lot of players who have had eye problems and teams aren’t even aware of them until the end. Look at Brian McCann. He couldn’t see the ball and had LASIK. It didn’t work so he had it *again*. Then there are guys who out of nowhere pop up with bulky glasses. It makes it feel like a scene out of ‘Major League’ with Wild Thing. The Marlins are a pretty cautious team and Stanton is the biggest player they’ve groomed since Miguel Cabrera. He’s the one guy that they will do anything to keep so I think they’re going to make sure they don’t get screwed by the possibility of future eye problems.

          • http://cheapinkstore.com Cheapness Smithy

            I forget who it was, but I was looking at a player’s BR most similar players the other day, and (at least in the “through age” and “season by age” measurements) Tony C. kept popping up as the only non-HOF on a bunch of lists.

      • http://batman-news.com Thunderfingers

        Conigliaro is the first one I think of when I hear about a player getting hit in the face. Thankfully it appears neither Jagielo nor Stanton appear to have had an injury as serious as his.

    • dkidd

      dickie thon was a major talent
      if not for that hbp, he might have had barry larkin’s career

  • TCF16

    This is what happens when you let Jeter bat in the 2 hole all year. smh

    • Canarsie Yankee

      Cashman failed to get beaned in his place.

  • tomingeorgia

    Has the RAB site been ultra sloe this afternoon, or is it just me?

  • Game 3

    I hope this turns him into a superhero.

  • RetroRob

    With Newman as the source, I’m simply going to assume Jags is undergoing full, facial replant surgery, and will be ready to play by September 2015.

  • Canarsie Yankee

    Curse of the Prospect Watch strikes again. I propose an A-Rod Watch for 2015.

  • Mick

    Hal on Kaye at 4.

  • lightSABR

    So, anybody else think Jagielo looks, um, nerdier than you were expecting?

    I wouldn’t think twice if I saw that guy in a CS class wearing a Star Trek t-shirt.

    • David Masino

      Yeah, has that “studious” look and I don’t think its just the big specs…
      Almost looks like too nice a young man… Gotta get his nasty on so the pitchers will be too intimidated into not throwing it anywhere but right down the pipe…

    • http://cheapinkstore.com Cheapness Smithy

      He looks like a nerdy high school freshman combined with a middle-aged dad.

  • The Shanesaw

    Well, at least he woke up after surgery.

  • ropeadope1

    Good looking young man. Thumbs up! Slight resemblance to Clark Kent?

    • Pkyankfan69

      I think my facial fractures have Jags beat

      • David Masino

        This is the “before” pic, right?

      • ropeadope1

        Wow, did you take a haymaker punch from Tyson (in his prime)? When did that happen? All good now?

        • Pkyankfan69

          A few years ago… My right knee met my face in a skiing accident… I’m fine now (as fine as usual anyway), no scars or anything.

          • ropeadope1

            Good to hear (recovery), that looked painful.

    • Mick

      This guy is Jagiello?

      • ropeadope1

        I’ve never met Jagielo, but to the best of my knowledge it is.

  • Hankflorida

    Everytime I hear about a player getting hit in the head, I think of Ray Champman, the Cleveland shortstop, who was hit by the Yankee pitcher, Carl Mays, and died during the ” Dead Ball Era.” Mays was a submarine pitcher and had that rising fastball. No, I wasn’t around when it happened but when you spend a great deal of time sitting in the bleachers during the 1940’s, you hear many stories about a bygone era, and from the stories I have heard about Honus Wagner, I would take Jeter over him on a team of the greatest players ever.

    • David Masino

      “The Pitch That Killed” was a good book specifically about, you guessed it, Ray Chapman’s beaning.

  • The Shanesaw

    Cashman failed

    • Arkius

      GFYM