Adam Moore suffers broken bone in wrist

Hard-luck catcher Adam Moore received another blow on Thursday when the Mariners discovered the 27-year-old has a broken right wrist, suffered when a ball in the dirt hit his throwing hand during Tuesday’s Cactus League game against the Reds.

Moore broke the third metacarpal on his upper wrist. He’s seeing a hand specialist this afternoon and further information on his status will be available then, but he’s almost sure to miss the rest of Spring Training.

Moore missed almost the entire 2011 season after injuring his right knee in his second regular-season game and undergoing surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear.

He was off to a hot start at the plate this spring, going 4-for-6 with a home run, double, three RBIs and four runs scored in three appearances. He stayed in the game after his injury, but discovered the broken bone when the wrist was X-rayed on Wednesday afternoon.

Moore talked Wednesday morning about both his good start at the plate and rough start behind it, as he was also hit in the left hand by a bat on a backswing on Monday. You can read that story here.

Moore was in a tough battle to earn a roster spot this year already after the Mariners traded for Jesus Montero and John Jaso over the offseason to work behind starter Miguel Olivo.

A sixth-round draft pick in 2006, Moore has been regarded as a top catching prospect and has hit .303 with a .482 slugging percentage in his Minor League career. He’s yet to convert that to success at the Major League level, playing 68 games over three seasons with the Mariners and hitting .197 with five home runs and 17 RBIs.

But the Texas native was playing well early this spring and this is a tough blow, as now he’ll have his hand in a cast and will presumably miss at least six weeks. We’ll know more later today.

The Mariners face the Cubs today at 12:05 p.m. PT in Mesa. Here’s the lineup:

Dustin Ackley 2B
Michael Saunders CF
Jesus Montero DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Kyle Seager 3B
Miguel Olivo C
Carlos Peguero RF
Casper Wells LF
Munenori Kawasaki SS

Kevin Millwood RHP

The Mariners are also playing a ‘B’ game this morning at 9 a.m. PT against the Rockies in Scottsdale. Here’s the lineup for that one:

Brad Miller SS
John Jaso 1B
Vinnie Catricala 3B
Jesus Sucre C
Trayvon Robinson CF
Luis Jimenez DH
Johermyn Chavez RF
Chih-Hsien Chiang LF
Stephen Romero 2B

Hector Noesi RHP

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