IF Perth Heat are to win a 16th Claxton Shield, they will have to do it without All-Star second baseman Mike Brosseau.
The Tampa Bay Rays prospect sustained a broken metacarpal in his hand after being hit by a pitch against Adelaide Bite, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
Brosseau, in the middle of a standout season with a hitting percentage of .427 to go with six home runs and a team-high 32 RBIs (runs batted in), said he was disappointed to miss out on the finals.
“Going from a great season with a great group of guys to finding out the news the season is over is definitely not the way I wanted the season to end,” he said.
Heat chief executive Lachlan Dale said Brosseau’s presence will be missed around the club, but they will look to replace him internally.
“Mike’s been fantastic for the organisation. Ever since we first met him and the Rays sent him out here it’s been a breath of fresh air,” he said.
“We won’t look at an import, we’ve got pretty good depth within.”
In his absence, the Heat will look to claim an Australian Baseball League finals berth for the first time since 2015.
Perth takes on Sydney (home), Brisbane (away) and Melbourne (home) to round out the regular season.