Toronto Blue Jays outfield prospect Anthony Alford sustained a sprained ankle in a recent Mexican Winter League and even though the prospect had to be carted off the field, he has confirmed to Jays Journal that the injury is minor and he will be just fine.
Anthony Alford had been dominating winter ball as a member of Charros de Jalisco hitting .352/.386/.505 with 2 home runs and 8 stolen bases in 26 games. On Saturday, Alford connected for a double however he jammed his ankle sliding back to the base on a pickoff attempt spraining his right ankle.
The news was initially troublesome as the 23-year old missed a considerable amount of time last season after suffering a broken hamate bone in his brief cup of coffee with the big club. Alford provided this quote to Jays Journal in regards to the injury.
"“My ankle is fine, it’s nothing serious. I’m walking around, everything is good. I’m at home for Christmas."
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Alford was attempting to accumulate some extra at-bats in Mexico to make up for lost time spent on the disabled list last season. The young outfielder will be competing for the vacant right field position with Teoscar Hernandez among others come spring training.
Managers John Gibbons recently tipped his hand that Hernandez may have a leg up on the competition for the role as Alford may require some additional seasoning at the Triple-A level in Buffalo.
Last season Alford made his MLB debut seeing action in 4 games before the injury earning a double in 8 plate appearances. On the farm, he slashed .299/.390/.406 with 5 round trippers and 19 stolen bases in 77 games.
With Alford already behind the eight-ball, he appears to have dodged a bullet with this most recent injury scare and hopefully, the ankle sprain won’t set him back with Grapefruit League action games less than 2 months away.