Bucs' Prospect Hernandez Out With Hand Injury

Gorkys Hernandez, one of the Pirates' top outfield prospects, will be out eight to 12 weeks because of his fractured right ring finger, according to director of player development Kyle Stark.

Hernandez was injured with Class AA Altoona on Sunday.

The injury came at a bad time for Hernandez, who was hitting .325 in July and .307 since May 28.

The Bucs farm system has been hit hard by injuries: Catcher Tony Sanchez had his jaw fractured by a pitch, outfielder Starling Marte had hand surgery, shortstop Brock Holt had a major leg injury,Jeremy Farrell was also out with a leg injury, pitcher Bryan Morris was shut down for a recent start with elbow fatigue, and several other pitchers missed time to various arm issues.

"It seems like every night I get an update and not a good one and someone else is going to miss some time," Stark lamented. "We are hoping that a couple of those guys are close to coming back - Marte and Farrell in the next couple of weeks."

Some good news, after missing a start, right-hander Bryan Morris came back and pitched brilliantly, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out eight in five innings as the Altoona Curve dropped a 2-0 decision to Erie in 13 innings on Tuesday night.

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