Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton out With Elbow Sprain

By Chris Lacey

March 6, 2013; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder

Adam Eaton

(6) at bat in the sixth inning during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks were depending on Adam Eaton to be their starting center fielder on opening day and be the Diamondbacks lead off hitter. They had also hoped that Eaton would be a spark plug to get the offense going. Those hopes and dreams are all but gone when an MRI on Eaton’s showed he has a grade one sprain on his left elbow, which will sideline him for at least six weeks. Eaton believed the pain would go away, and when this did not happen the team became concerned and scheduled the MRI. The injury for Eaton occurred when he felt some discomfort about two weeks ago when the Diamondbacks were working on getting the ball out quicker from the outfield.

The Diamondbacks have the depth to deal with this setback to the team; they have numerous options that they can use until Eaton is ready to come back from the injury. They can use Gerardo Parra who has been performing well in the spring so far, Parra also plays the best defense of the options available to the team. Another option is moving Martin Prado from third base and shifting him into right field, if this happens then Eric Chavez would play third base.

The other option available to the Diamondbacks is to give A.J. Pollock a chance to play in center field. Pollock has earned the chance to be a full-time outfielder for the team and now it is his chance to shine to show the team what he is capable of when given an opportunity to play.

The Diamondbacks have the players step in and fill the void that will be left while Eaton recovers from this injury. The good news is that Eaton will not be out that long.