The Arizona Diamondbacks want to make sure Paul Goldschmidt is ready for the stretch run
If there is anybody in baseball that hates getting an off day it is first baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“America’s First Baseman” has played in 135 of the Diamondbacks’ 138 games this season, but did not play in the final two games of the Rockies series in Colorado.
We might have an explanation.
Before Monday’s series opener against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, manager Torey Lovullo announced that Goldschmidt will head back to Phoenix tonight to get an MRI.
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Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reported that a sore elbow has bothered Goldschmidt for the better part of the last week.
The Diamondbacks do not appear to be concerned and Lovullo said they want to make sure everything is ok.
While Goldschmidt is not expected to miss a significant amount of time, the Diamondbacks can ill afford to loose him, especially if this team wraps up a spot in the wild card game.
After winning 10 in a row, including a sweep of the team right behind them in the wild card standings, the Rockies, they have a 6.5 game lead for the right to host the one-game playoff at Chase Field.
Thanks to a big cushion, the Diamondbacks can afford to miss Goldschmidt and make sure he is fully healthy. Plus, the Diamondbacks beat Colorado without Goldy, A.J. Pollock and J.D. Martinez and through eight innings Monday, were beating the Dodgers 9-0.
If Goldschmidt misses Adam Rosales, Chris Herrmann and Daniel Descalso are all equipped to split first base duties.
If and when the Reno Aces season ends, Pacific Coast League MVP Christian Walker could get a well deserved call up and play in the corner infield.
Hopefully, Goldy is ok because the Diamondbacks can not lose his bat and presence for more than a week.
More Bad News
Not to be the bearer of bad news but Lovullo also announced Monday that shortstop Nick Ahmed will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his broken right wrist.
Ahmed was close to returning but got hit again on the right wrist in a rehab game.
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