AJ Pollock’s Injury Might Cost Him the Season
The Arizona Diamondbacks suffered a big loss with outfielder AJ Pollock’s injury, when he fractured his right elbow on a third-inning play at the plate against the Kansas City Royals.
Pollock was on third base when David Peralta hit a grounder to second base. Pollock slid headfirst, touching home plate with his left hand and then clutched his right elbow in pain.
Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager, Chip Hale, said due to AJ Pollock’s injury, he would have to undergo surgery and that the team didn’t have a timeline for his return.
“Obviously right now we feel awful for A.J.,” Hale said. “We’re a family, and it’s like having one of your family members being taken away from you right now.”
On Friday, Pollock had his first play in a big league game since March 8, although he had been battling a right elbow issue all spring. His elbow had seemed to improve and he was set to appear in the lineup for the regular-season opener against the Colorado Rockies.
“He felt great,” Hale said. “He was happy to be out there, he was excited about being out there again. He read a line drive and kind of got stuck in the middle. The competitiveness in you is go in hard and try to score.”
This isn’t his first injury leading to an absence. After his selection in the first round of the 2009 draft, he fractured his right elbow while diving for a ball during the Spring Training in 2010. Due to that, AJ Pollock’s injury cost him the entire season.
“With the injury he had had, the one thing we were worried about was him diving headfirst.” Hale said. “Just putting his hand down when he landed, it was just too much stress there.”
Huge Blow for the Arizona Diamondbacks
While the timeline for his return is undetermined, it is clear that his injury is a huge loss to a team that is expected to contend for a post season berth. Unless the Diamondbacks bring in outside reinforcements, rookie and reigning Minor League Player of The Year, Socrates Brito, would be expected to take position as it’s Opening Day starter.
Although the Diamondbacks will likely lose Pollock this season, who had the 10th best WAR (7.4) in baseball last season and was sixth among position players, the team will give their all in honor of him.
“You definitely feel for him, you don’t want to see anyone get hurt.” First baseman Paul Goldschmidt said of AJ Pollock’s injury. “But as a team, we’ve got to step up and find a way to do our job maybe a little better. We’re going to miss him, but we’ve still got a season. Not to take anything away, but you can’t get down. We’ve got a good group of guys in here and we’ll respond as long as he’s away. Hopefully it’s a short time and we’ll step up. That’s what he’d want us to do as well.”