DETROIT -- The Tigers are breathing a sigh of relief for one of their top hitting prospects after Casper Wells injured his right pinkie finger Thursday night at Triple-A Toledo.
X-rays showed nothing more than a dislocation on Wells' finger, which he jammed sliding headfirst into third base on a foul ball. How long he's out, if at all, depends on his pain tolerance, Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Friday morning.
Any injury concern is major for the Tigers with Wells, who was limited to 86 games last year at Double-A Erie thanks to a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. Once he returned from the mid-April injury, it was slow progress back. He finished with a .260 batting average, 15 home runs and 41 RBIs with the SeaWolves before he tore up the Arizona Fall League.
Wells is part of a quartet of outfield prospects rotating among three spots and the designated hitter slot with the Mud Hens this year. Sluggers Ryan Strieby and Brennan Boesch are also there, as is the recently optioned Clete Thomas.