The Arizona Diamondbacks just keep getting bad news.
At 23-36, the Diamondbacks are one of the worst teams in all of baseball. The disappointments in a season in which they hoped to reach the postseason are almost too many to count. Some have been shortcomings in their philosophy, which explains why they hired Tony La Russa to essentially take over the franchise.
Some disappointments have simply come with bad injury luck. With left fielder Mark Trumbo already out of the lineup with a stress fracture in his foot, the Diamondbacks learned on Monday that they will now be without center fielder A.J. Pollock for a lengthy stint, possibly as long as two months.
Pollock’s broken hand, sustained on a hit-by-pitch this past weekend, will require surgery. Per Sarah McLellan of AZ Central:
The surgery could happen as soon as Monday.
“The bone is kind of upward,” manager Kirk Gibson said. “They’re going to have to pull it, traction and straighten it out. Probably put a plate on it. Ideally, they’d like to put a pin in there, but I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do that.”
Gibson estimated Pollock will be out anywhere from five weeks to two months.
It sounds like the timetable for Pollock is dependent, at least in part, on what they are able to do during the surgery itself.
Pollock had emerged as one of the best players on the Diamondbacks. So far in 2014 he has batted .316/.366/.554 with six home runs and eight stolen bases. His work in May earned him Player of the Month honors. It’s a frustrating situation for him as he will now have his breakout season interrupted by an extended stint on the DL.
As for the Diamondbacks? It’s a tough loss, to be sure, but there’s also nothing Pollock or anybody else can do to salvage their garbage fire of a season at this point.