Grayson Greiner’s first season in professional baseball ended a month early.
The former South Carolina catcher underwent surgery Thursday in Cleveland to repair a broken hamate bone in his left wrist.
A third-round pick in June’s MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers, Greiner was playing for the West Michigan Whitecaps in the Single-A Midwest League when the injury occurred while being hit by a pitch during an at-bat last week.
Greiner returns to Grand Rapids, Mich., on Friday before he comes back to Columbia this weekend, according to his father Mark Greiner. Early next week he’ll be flown by the Tigers to their spring training site of Lakeland, Fla., to begin a 10-day rehabilitation process.
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“There’s a good plan in place. Hamate injuries are just one of those deals. A lot of kids go through it,” Mark Greiner said.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Greiner, who will take a full slate of classes in USC’s fall semester as he continues to work toward his degree, was playing well before he was injured. In 26 games with the Whitecaps, he batted .322 with two home runs and 16 RBIs after his stellar three-season career with the Gamecocks.
He will continue therapy on the wrist this fall in Columbia as he prepares for next season in the Detroit organization.
“He’ll be ready to go for spring training, for sure,” Mark Greiner said. “Instead of having a four-month off-season, he’ll have a five-month off-season.”