The Curve offense will be without one of its top weapons for about two months at least, but Matt Curry is actually looking at his broken hamate bone in a positive light.
"Hopefully it will help me in the long run," Curry said of his time off.
Curry has been battling tendonitis in his right wrist, so along with having surgery on his right hand Wednesday in Pittsburgh, he also received a steroid injection into the wrist.
"My wrist has been bothering me for a while now, and I guess it just kind of took this injury to put me over the edge and finally get it all fixed at one time," Curry said by phone Friday night. "It's kind of a blessing in disguise, so now hopefully I'll come back 100 percent and not have to worry about the tendonitis in my wrist."
Curry suffered the hamate injury last Saturday at Erie and was told by his doctor that everything went well with the surgery. The injury typically sidelines a player for 6-8 weeks, but it can be longer.
For instance, Starling Marte suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand in 2010 on May 13 and didn't return to action for high-A Bradenton until Aug. 2.
Friday: The Curve and Richmond were rained out at PNG Field
Tonight: Richmond at Altoona, DH at 5 p.m.
Pitchers: Curve RHP Casey Sadler (4-2, 2.86) and RHP David Bromberg (0-4, 5.57) vs. Flying Squirrels RHP Craig Westcott (1-3, 4.55) and RHP Taylor Rogers (1-1, 4.02)
Curry had hoped to make the Triple-A team out of spring training after hitting .285 with 11 homers and 76 RBIs for the Curve last season. But he was sent back to Double and was hitting .248 while ranking third on the team with four homers and second with 16 RBIs.
"I don't think I've had a 100 percent wrist since before the Arizona Fall League," he said. "Hopefully coming back my wrist and my hand will be 100 percent and I can swing with no pain whenever I want to."
Losing Curry is a big blow to a Curve offense that ranks at or near the bottom of the Eastern League in every major category, including being last in team batting average (.226), on-base percentage (.292) and runs (121).
"It's unfortunate," Curve hitting coach Ryan Long said of Curry's injury. "I feel for him most off with the injury because he'll miss time, but I'm sure he'll come back and get it strong and hopefully come back better than he was."
Even without Curry, the Curve have put together two of their best offensive efforts of the season in the past two games, scoring 16 runs on 27 hits to win slugfests against Harrisburg (7-6) and Richmond (9-8).
"I think some guys are starting to settle in a little bit and getting more comfortable," Long said. "[Thursday] we got some breaks, too, to go along with it, but that's part of having a good approach - just kind of staying patient with the approach and taking the right one every day and having a plan.
"We've always preached process and trying to continue to have quality at-bats. That's the big thing for this group is the more of those we can put together as a group, the better it's going to be at the end of the day."