Stephen Drew is already out for an unspecified amount of time. Justin Upton is seeing a thumb specialist. Chris Young left a game early yesterday with a shoulder contusion after running into a wall.
Reliever Takashi Saito is on the DL. Backup infielder Geoff Blum injured himself in batting practice yesterday and will make a visit to the 15-day DL list. With this avalanche of injury news, the D-backs are about to see how deep they really are.
While depth was thought to be a strength of the Diamondbacks, the rash of injuries is about more than any team can reasonably bear for an extended period. Young and Upton’s injuries could have devastating effects on the lineup if they are for any extended period of time. The team brought up AJ Pollock to play in the outfield giving the D-Backs only three healthy players in the outfield if Young and Upton don’t make a quick return to the lineup. Willie Bloomquist can play outfield as well.
Upton’s status might be the bigger concern as he originally made a return to the lineup after suffering the injury last Sunday. However, he apparently had enough discomfort to warrant a trip to a specialist. Young’s injury was quickly ruled a contusion but he will undergo an MRI today to determine if there is a bigger issue with his shoulder.
If both players are on the DL for an extended period of time, look for the D-Backs to make a move for a verteran bat still on the market. Despite his recent run-in with Dominican authorities, Vladimir Guerrero won’t be charged in the incident and is probably the best bat available–since Johnny Damon was just picked up by the Cleveland Indians. However, Guerrero hasn’t played consistently in the outfield for almost 3 seasons and might be too big a defensive liability to considering signing in any situation but an absolute emergency.