The trend of Diamondbacks batters getting hit on the hand continued Thursday night. Playing in his first game since a pitch from Jonny Cueto got away and hit him resulting in a fractured hand, Dbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock was hit in the hand again this time as he began a rehab outing with the Arizona Rookie League Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields.
Pollock only had one official at bat that night before being hit. He was removed from the game immediately after that happened so there would be no risk of the injury reoccurring.
Pollock had surgery on the hand in early June, and has been on the D.L since June 1st.
This is what Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson told the media about the injury:
“It’s OK, but it’s swelling up a little bit.”
The Dbacks don’t know if Pollock was wearing a protective glove or not, but Gibson did say that the latest hit by pitch wasn’t a setback, and if everything goes well, he should return to the team in two weeks.
Pollock did play that night after the injury, and he did a nice job with the Rookie League team. In three at bats over a two game period, A.J. hit .333, with an on base percentage of .500. Stats don’t really matter to much during a rehab stint. What matters most is if Pollock is feeling 100%, and comfortable at the plate and in the outfield, and he has shown that.
Yesterday, Pollock was sent to Triple A Reno to continue his rehab assignment, and played a full game in CF. Pollack went 0-5 at the plate.
The return of Pollock would be a welcome addition to a Snakes offense looking for a spark after the injury to All Star first basemen Paul Goldschmidt. Before Pollack went on the D.L, he was in the midst of one of the hottest stretches of his career. In 177 at bats with the Snakes in 2014, he is hitting .316 with 6 HR, and 15 RBI’s. His WAR of 2.7 is second on the team.
All of Dbacks Nation can’t wait for Pollock to get back, and we wish him well during the rest of his rehab stint.