Top Oakland A's prospect Michael Choice is likely to be out for an extended period after he sustained a fractured hand on Saturday night. The injury comes at an unfortunate time for Choice, who has been red-hot this month. The 2010 first-round draft pick was batting .486/.548/.829 over his last 10 games and .414/.475/.657 since the Texas League All-Star break.
The A's have yet to place Choice on the disabled list officially, but Leonardo Gil was brought back up from High-A Stockton and it is expected that he will take Choice's spot on the roster. UPDATE: On Tuesday, the Rockhounds confirmed that Choice will miss the rest of the season with the injury.
It has been an up-and-down season for Choice, who entered the 2012 campaign followed by high expectations after he hit 30 homeruns in 2011 for the Ports and starred during the Arizona Fall League. Choice got off to a slow start and was batting only .256/.326/.367 with six homers at the All-Star break. He had been a different hitter since the break, however, and had nearly equaled his season total in homeruns in July (he hit four, including three in his last 10 games). He represented the A's in the MLB All-Star Futures Game earlier this month.
Choice currently has a .287/.356/.423 line with 10 homeruns and 58 RBIs. He has struck-out 88 times and has walked 33 times. Last season, Choice struck-out 134 times and walked 61 times in 118 games. With only five weeks left in the regular season, Choice could miss the rest of the year. The A's could choose to send Choice back to the Arizona Fall League for a second straight year to make up for the lost time due to the hand injury.