Saturday, April 10, 2010

Chang strains quad, to miss a week

NL MVP candidate likely out until final series against Pittsburgh

Dirtbags' 3B Calvin Chang strained a muscle in his quadriceps while fielding a ground ball during the fourth inning of Fargo's 4-1 victory over the Austin City Limits during the pm2 cycle and is expected to miss the next 7-10 days.

Chang had been on pace to challenge the single-season record for walks which he currently holds, tallying 143 walks in season 3 while with San Juan. Chang has 134 walks on the season but by the time he returns to the team there will be but 3-4 games left in the season, which will likely leave him without enough opportunies to break the record.

"It's a little disappointing," said Chang after the game. "It would have been cool to break my own record but that was never my focus for this season. My focus was, and remains, on helping this team win a World Series. So I'm gonna' rest my quad for a bit and hopefully get back out there and do just that."

The NL MVP candidate will still have the opportunity to post the second highest single-season on base pecentage when he returns, however. Chang currently has an OBP of .464, leaving him three percentage points shy of Nick Hernandez's .467 mark, achieved in season 4. The single-season record for on base percentage stands at a ridiculous .513 and is held by free agent Gregg Black who achieved the mark in season 1 with the Nashville, now Charlotte, franchise.

Calvin Chang
Age: 32B/T: L/R
Born: Kobe, JP
Position(s): 3B/RF
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