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Pedro Alvarez out with broken hand

BA reports that Pedro Alvarez is going to miss six weeks with a broken hand.

This is news that could conceivably have some implications for the Rangers. Alvarez is considered the top prospect in the 2008 draft, and it may be that the injury won't impact his status...Mark Teixeira, after all, missed much of his junior year with a broken ankle, and still went #5 overall (and only slipped to 5 because of bonus demands).

But hand injuries often sap power even after a player returns, and if Alvarez struggles once he's back in the lineup, that, along with his bonus demands, could conceivably result in him sliding to the Rangers' pick. And it isn't as if the Rangers couldn't use a power-hitting third base prospect...