This unkind 2014 season of the Arizona Diamondbacks has taken a wicked turn. Center fielder A.J. Pollock was hit in the hand by a Johnny Cueto fastball in the eighth inning of the D’backs’ 5-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. It turns out the hand is fractured which will cause Pollock to miss a significant amount of time.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for the former first round pick. He is probably going to be named National League Player of the Week after batting .500 since Monday. He leads the Snakes in batting with a .316 average, on-base percentage at .366 and stolen bases with eight. Pollock’s surge in May put him squarely in the discussion for the NL All-Star team. According to Nick Piecoro at azcentral.com, more tests will be done and surgery can not be ruled out at this point.
With Pollock now out, and Mark Trumbo still recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, two-thirds of the Snakes’ starting outfield will have missed a healthy chunk of the season. Pollock’s injury has resulted in David Peralta being called up from Double A Mobile.
We wish A.J. a speedy recovery and hope to see him back before school starts.