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Astros Prospect Jonathan Villar Out Six Weeks After Punching Door, Breaking Hand

One of the Astros' most promising Minor Leaguers fought a door during Friday night's Double-A game, and lost.

March 5, 2012; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar (76) fields a ground ball in the game against the Atlanta Braves at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
March 5, 2012; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar (76) fields a ground ball in the game against the Atlanta Braves at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

The Houston Astros lost a key prospect, Double-A shortstop Jonathan Villar, to the dreaded and always pesky "punching an inanimate object" injury that occurs to so many pro athletes when they drive their fists into said items. Villar punched a door during a game for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday evening, but finished the evening's affair hitting 1-for-4.

There is no word yet what prompted the door-punching incident with Villar, or if Villar and the door had any prior history. Up until this incident, Villar was considered one of the top shortstop prospects in all of baseball, with 11 homers and 50 RBI this season at Corpus Christi. He also leads the Texas League with 39 stolen bases. Here's a quote from Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow, courtesy of MLB.com, on behalf of Villar. No statement has yet to be released from the door:

"This is a big loss for us," Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said. "Jonathan was having an outstanding season and really showed that he is one of the top young shortstops in all of Minor League baseball. The injury is unfortunate for Jonathan, but he has a very bright future ahead of him and we're looking forward to him getting back on the field."

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