SF Giants outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe has suffered a left wrist muscle strain, according to a report by Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle. Basabe appeared to injure his left arm diving for a ball in right field during Tuesday’s 13-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He was removed from the game following the play. Luckily, the injury should not keep him from the field for long.
San Francisco acquired Basabe in exchange for cash considerations from the Chicago White Sox last summer. After a short stint at the alternate site in Sacramento, Basabe was promoted and made his MLB debut. He managed a meager 143/.333/.143 batting line in limited playing time, but played premium outfield defense and made a difference on the base paths. He showed a keen eye and worked many long at-bats even when he didn’t reach base. Last month, however, the team outrighted him off of their 40-man roster.
Once a consensus top-100 prospect, Basabe is still just 24 and remains a toolsy player with plenty of untapped potential. For the Giants right now, he offers above-average to plus defense in the outfield corners. However, before 2020, Basabe had never played above Double-A. In seven professional seasons, Basabe posted a .248/.345/.398 line with 40 triples, 44 home runs.
The SF Giants will hope to get outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe healthy and back in the lineup as soon as possible. While he had very little chance of making the Opening Day roster, he could offer some valuable depth at Triple-A. Since he avoided a major injury on Tuesday, he should be able to return soon.