CLEVELAND: After an MRI scan and an examination by noted Cleveland Clinic hand specialist Dr. Tom Graham, the Indians got the answer to why Alex White's finger hurt, but it was not the answer they wanted to hear.
White sprained a ligament in his right middle finger throwsing a slider in the third inning of the Tribed's 5-4 win over the Reds Friday night.
""Expected recovery time is 8-12 weeks,'' head trainer Lonnie Soloff said this morning. ""Surgery is not indicated.''
Instead, White will wear a splint for two weeks then have the injured finger taped to the adjacent digit for two more weeks; he will not pick up a baseball for three to four weeks.
White, the Tribe's No. 1 draft choice in 2009, was called up from Columbus April 30 and was making his third major-league start when the injury occurred. Under the time frame outlined by Soloff, White could return to the mound before the season ends. ""I'm cautiously optimistic,'' the trainer said.