Brett Eibner left Tuesday's game against the Rays in the fifth inning while trying to field a ball against the wall. Rays shortstop Brad Miller hit a ball off the wall that Eibner went to field, but as he approached the ball, he began hopping around in pain, to take weight off his left leg. He made no contact with anything that would cause an injury.
Eibner had to be carted off. The former second-round pick has had a number of injuries sidetrack his career. In 2011, he missed half of the season with a torn thumb ligament. In 2014, he missed two months with an abdominal injury. In 2015, a foot injury cost him a shot at making the Major League roster. Eibner was batting .462/.500/.696 in his first four games with the Royals.
The Royals have already suffered a slew of injuries in the last month, missing Alex Gordon for 3-4 weeks with a wrist injury and Mike Moustakas for the year with a knee injury after the pair collided on a foul ball. Salvador Perez is also out for 7-10 days with a knee injury after colliding with Cheslor Cuthbert.
If necessary, the top candidates to replace Eibner on the roster would be Reymond Fuentes, who made the team to begin the year, but is just recovering from a shoulder injury, and 22-year old outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, who is hittting .308/.371/.557 with nine home runs for Omaha.
Brett Eibner suffered a left lateral ankle sprain. He will be evaluated further tomorrow.— Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) June 1, 2016
Tigers catcher James McCann missed three weeks with an ankle injury back in April.