Mexican import Japhet Amador's foray into Japanese baseball has been sidetracked for eight weeks after the massive slugger suffered a wrist injury during batting practice prior to his first exhibition game with his new team.
Solo Beisbol reports the "Mulege Giant" complained of pain in his left wrist while taking swings in preparation for his first outing with the Rakuten Golden Eagles on March 3 in Kurashiki, where they were hosting the Seibu Lions in preseason-opening action. Amador signed with Rakuten in the offseason, as did former major league outfielder Jonny Gomes (who played winterball for Mexicali in 2005-06).
Amador was taken to a Tokyo hospital, where he was diagnosed with triangular fibrocartilage damage to his left wrist, shelving him for two months. It's hoped the 6'4", 330-pounder (give or take a Happy Meal) will be able to make his Nippon Professional Baseball debut in mid-May.
The reigning Mexican League MVP, Amador hit a combined 55 home runs in 161 regular season games for the Mexican League's Mexico City Diablos Rojos and Mexican Pacific League's Jalisco Charros in 2015, more than any other pro player in the world last year and leading both circuits. He had seven multiple-homer games for Mexico City last summer, including a three-dinger day against Campeche on June 19.