|Alfaro, image- Jay Floyd|
Catcher Jorge Alfaro was placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 18th with an oblique strain, according to the team.
The 22-year-old Colombian, who was acquired from Texas as part of last summer's Cole Hamels deal, had really impressed through the first couple weeks of the season, going 18-for-36 (.500 avg) with four doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBI.
.@_JorgeAlfaro11 leads the Double-A @EasternLeague in hits w/ 18 in 8 games. 3 guys are tied for 2nd w/ 14 hits. Each has played 11 games.— Jay Floyd (@PhoulBallz) April 17, 2016
Disabled list stints in the minors are a minimum of 7-days, but oblique strains are difficult to fully recover from and players often miss more than a month or two while dealing with this type of injury.
Alfaro was injured at the time of the trade last year, as he recovered from ankle surgery, then missed time again at fall instructional league with a hamstring issue.