July 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM
Mike Zunino anxious to get on with recovery, learning process
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino says he’s anxious to get on with his surgery and the recovery process from the broken hamate bone in his left hand. Zunino said no date has been set for next week’s surgery as of yet, but there is plenty he can still learn while sidelined.
“It’s frustrating but it’s another thing that you just have to learn to deal with as a player,” he said. “It’s one of those things that takes nothing away from the team. The team did a great job last night and hopefully they continue to do that.
“I’m just going to try to get better as soon as I can to help them out again.”
Zunino said there are things he can still do to improve.
“There’s a lot of stuff I can still go and watch and try to be a good teammate with,” he said. “Sort of improve myself as a ballplayer from a mental standpoint. That obviously makes it mentally tougher. Just try to be a better ballplayer.”
Zunino had a 7 a.m. MRI today as well as a CT scan.
He’d initially hurt his wrist a while back when some balls were fouled off it. But then came last night, when he flied out to center and felt additional pain in his hand.
“I went out and tried to catch one more inning and it was just really sore,” he said. “It got a little bit stiffer throughout the night.”