Milwaukee Brewers: Concern about Eric Thames’ thumb?

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 18: Eric Thames
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 18: Eric Thames /

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Eric Thames exited the game early on Tuesday night with an apparent thumb injury. Could the Brewers slugger miss time with his latest ailment?

Eric Thames had to make a diving stop to rob Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas of a base hit. Thames flipped the ball to pitcher Dan Jennings to record the out, but came up shaking his hand and grimacing. Jesus Aguilar took over first base in the ninth inning for the Milwaukee Brewers as Thames was tended to by the training staff.

How serious of an injury is this?

Serious enough to warrant an MRI. Ligament issues, especially anything in the hands or wrists of a power hitter, are a concern. Thames is unlikely to factor in the game on Wednesday, and he may need some time off if the MRI shows a deeper issue.

The only good news here is that this isn’t related to the leg issues that plagued him last year. Also, a 10-day stint on the DL in late April could help Thames avoid wearing down like he did last year. The glass is half full…kinda?

How good was Thames before the injury?

Just posting a second straight awesome April. He’s slashing .250/.351/.625 with 11 runs scored and 13 RBIs. Thames has blasted seven homers while stealing two bases in 22 games so far.

What happens if Thames misses time?

If Thames requires a layoff, the Milwaukee Brewers have a pair of first baseman who can fill in. Ryan Braun has proven himself at first, and he’s already off to a solid start at the plate. Aguilar is also capable of starting for a week or two without missing a beat.

Next: What happens when Boone Logan returns?

Ji-man Choi is still waiting for a call at Colorado Springs, and looks like a solid contributor. The Milwaukee Brewers have depth at first base. Thames would be missed, but a couple weeks on the shelf won’t derail the season.