Pirates prospect Austin Meadows suffers orbital fracture during workout
March 9, 2016 12:44 PM
Baseball America ranks Austin Meadows as the No. 2 prospect in the Pirates organization, behind right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
By Stephen J. Nesbitt / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BRADENTON, Fla. — Pirates prospect Austin Meadows, an outfielder drafted ninth overall in 2013, injured his right eye while playing catch Tuesday at Pirate City. Initial tests showed an orbital fracture, but he’ll have further testing early next week in Pittsburgh.
Trainer Todd Tomczyk said it is too early to give a timetable for Meadows’ return. Doctors will to wait for swelling to subside before deciding whether the injury requires surgery. “Every injury has its own identity,” he said.
Meadows, 20, hit .307 with a .357 on-base percentage last season for high Class A Bradenton. He graduated to Class AA Altoona late in the year and batted .360 in 25 at-bats.
Baseball America ranks Meadows as the No. 2 prospect in the Pirates organization, behind only right-hander Tyler Glasnow.
When former Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett had surgery after fracturing his right orbital bone in a bunting drill in 2012, he was initially given an 8-12 week recovery time. Burnett returned early, missing just 6 weeks.
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