The Arizona Diamondbacks have ruffled the feathers of multiple teams during the past few seasons under the helm of Kirk Gibson and things were no different on Saturday night after the D’Backs and Pittsburgh Pirates exchanged words and bean balls.
Pittsburgh All-Star Andrew McCutchen was none too happy after he was hit by a clearly intentional pitch which was likely in retaliation for the beaning of Paul Goldschmidt a night earlier.
It was clear that Goldschmidt would miss some time after being plunked, though there was hope that it was nothing more than a deep bruise and the D’Backs franchise first baseman would make a quick recovery. That won’t be the case though as Paul Goldschmidt is likely to miss the remainder of the Arizona Diamondbacks season with a broken hand.
While the anticipated eight-week time frame would still leave a few weeks in the season, the Diamondbacks have nothing to play for outside of pride as they’re well out of playoff contention. Given that, it seems likely that the D’Backs will play it cautious and give Paul Goldschmidt the offseason to rest and heal.
It’s likely that Goldschmidt will probably ask to play in whatever games the D’Backs have remaining in the season once he does come off the disabled list, though there’s little reason for Arizona to make such a decision considering his importance to the franchise.
For now, it seems as if the next time will see Paul Goldschmidt on a baseball diamond is next March when Arizona breaks camp.