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Pittsburgh Pirates Dominican infielder Oneil Cruz, will miss at least four months of action in the Major Leagues upon entering the operating room and being successfully operated on for a fracture and problems with the ankle ligament.
As reported by the Pirates through a statement, Oneil Cruz will initially be off the grounds until August, all if his recovery is completed satisfactorily.
Cruz underwent surgery by doctors Greg Altman and Darren Frank at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, who intervened on both the fracture and the partial rupture of the ankle ligament he suffered in the game against the Chicago White Sox.
In it the shortshop, one of the best prospects for the Pirates, suffered the injury when colliding with the Chicago mask, Seby Zavalain the sixth inning while trying to score a run.
The action led to a heated discussion between Cruz and Zavala, which later escalated to an emptying of benches that had shoving and insults, although no one was expelled in the tangana.
During the riot, Cruz remained lying at home plate while being monitored by the Pittsburgh medical team, who determined the injury and removed him from the game.
Cruz’s absence will affect the Pirates’ offensive line where he served as leadoff hitterbeing key in the start of the team that until this Monday accumulated a record of 6-3 to be second in the Central Division of the National League.
Watch the video of the crash where Cruz suffered the injury here: