Newman: David Adams’ ankle is busted
TRENTON — Yankees senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman simply did not have the heart to say it out load, but every indication is the once-promising season of top second base prospect David Adams is over.
“I would not say is he done, but I also wouldn’t say the chances are real good that he makes it back,’’ Newman said.
Newman confirmed to BareBones during tonight’s series opener against second-place New Hampshire at Waterfront Park that Adams, one of the organization’s top middle infield prospects, actually fractured his ankle sliding into second base at Portland’s Hadlock Field May 23.
The Adams injury, sustained in the first inning of an 8-6 win over the Seadogs, was reported as a high ankle sprain for more than two months.
Adams, 23, was hitting .309 with three home runs, 32 RBIs and had not committed an error in his first 39 Double-A games before going down.
As the duration of Adams’ recovery stretched into July, Thunder manager Tony Franklin confirmed to reporters that one of his best players had suffered “a setback’’ upon his return to the team’s minor league headquarters in Tampa, Fla.
That setback, according to Newman, was the discovery of the previously undetected fracture.
“It turns out he has a broken bone in his foot … right around the ankle,’’ Newman said. “We didn’t know it was broken. We just found out about it. We thought it would get better, kept waiting for it to get better, and it never did. He just could not get past a certain point and now he has to stay off of it so the bone can heal.’’
Despite losing a player reportedly coveted by the Seattle Mariners in the proposed trade with the Yankees for Cliff Lee earlier this month, the Thunder have used solid starting pitching and a big offensive season by third baseman Brandon Laird to surge to the top of the Eastern League East Division.
According to Newman, Adams has been fitted with an apparatus and was running before discovery of the fracture, but has since been completely shut down.