Former First Overall Pick Breaks Finger For 2nd Time This Year

The Los Angeles Angels were thrilled to obtain a former first-overall draft pick as part of the return for starter Noah Syndergaard from the Philadelphia Phillies. And outfielder Mickey Moniak was off to a hot start with the Angels, posting a 1.048 OPS with two home runs in his first five games. 

He'll have to cool off now on the injured list, after suffering a broken finger in the 9th inning on Saturday night.

As noted by Angles beat writer Jeff Fletcher, it's "not a very significant fracture," meaning there's a possibility of Moniak returning this season, according to head athletic trainer Mike Frostad.

Frostad said the location of the fracture — at the tip of his finger — means Moniak could even play before it’s completely healed, "as long as he can tolerate it."

The injury occurred while the 2016 No. 1 overall pick was trying to bunt for a hit and the ball hit his hand on the bat.

It's actually the second broken finger for Moniak this season, who also pulled off the feat while still with the Phillies in spring training. 

“I’m breaking records for breaking bones in a single season,” he said afterwards. "Twice in one year. It’s not ideal, but it is what it is. You can’t change the past. I think I was feeling good at the plate. I felt comfortable. I felt like I showed a little glimpse of what I can do and what I’m capable of.”

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