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D-Backs Lose Ross, But Still Have Hope

By Matthew Hochberg

Aug. 11, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross reacts in pain as he is tended to by paramedics after suffering an injury running to first base in the first inning against the New York Mets at Chase Field. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ironically, within the 24 hours that Cody Ross was placed on the disabled list with a dislocated right hip, Adam Eaton, who will be getting more playing time with Ross sidelined, stepped up and delivered a walk-off home run to help defeat the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

In 94 games this season, Ross, who signed a three-year, $26 million contract with the D-Backs last offseason, is batting .278 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs. The 32-year-old, however, is not the only Arizona outfielder capable of offensive productivity. Eaton, Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock will all help fill the void. Martin Prado may even see some time in left field once Eric Chavez comes off the disabled list.

When one door closes, another door opens. Adam Eaton looks to take full advantage of the opportunity. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ross, however, will be missed. Since the All-Star break, he was hitting .350 with three homers and a .968 OPS. While he was placed on the 15-day DL, it seems as though he will not make it back this year. Manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Ross will undergo surgery on Tuesday and will hopefully be back by spring training.

The Snakes currently trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 7.5 for first place in the National League West, and are 5.5 games back of the Cincinnati Reds for the second and final wild-card spot. The loss of Cody Ross is certainly a blow to the D-Backs, but it does not mean it is the end of the season for the team fighting for their lives.