Double-A prospects Naquin, Wendle land on DL

Double-A prospects Naquin, Wendle land on DL

SEATTLE -- It has been a rough week with Double-A Akron for a trio of Indians prospects. Shortstop Francisco Lindor, infielder Joe Wendle and outfielder Tyler Naquin were each sidelined by freak injuries in a span of three days, beginning Wednesday.

Lindor, who took a bad-hop grounder to the face and suffered a small non-displaced nasal fracture on Wednesday, is expected to return to game action in roughly a week. Naquin and Wendle, on the other hand, might both be facing surgery on their right hands.

"In the last week, we've had some tough luck with injuries," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Saturday. "The good thing is none of them have long-term implications for them and they've all already made a great deal of progress developmentally so far this year."

Antonetti noted that both Wendle and Naquin are scheduled to be seen soon by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland. Wendle, who last appeared in a game Thursday, is on the Minor League disabled list with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand. Naquin (also on the DL) had his right hand fractured after being hit by a pitch Friday.

"With Joey," Antonetti said, "the likely recourse of that is to go in and have surgery. It's unfortunate, but it's usually a couple-month process to get back. It just happens. It's something that's been bothering him a little bit and then he re-aggravated it again the other day. When they did the scan, there was a hamate fracture. It usually happens hitting."

In 76 games for Double-A Akron this season, the 24-year-old Wendle hit .259 with eight home runs, 31 extra-base hits, 41 runs and 45 RBIs. The second baseman -- selected in the sixth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft -- was recognized as Cleveland's top offensive Minor Leaguer last season with the organization's Lou Boudreau Award.

Naquin -- a first-round pick by the Tribe in the 2012 Draft -- hit at a .313 clip with four homers, 21 extra-base hits, 30 RBIs, 54 runs and 14 stolen bases through 76 games this season at Double-A. Antonetti said the Indians are awaiting word on the severity of Naquin's injury.

"Dr. Graham will see him this week, too," Antonetti said. "We'll come up with a plan of action at that point. But, he's going to miss some time. It's hard to say how long -- at least weeks."

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