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Arizona's A.J. Pollock Breaks Thumb; State Native Out 4-8 Weeks

Hartford Courant 2018-05-16 03:09:00

PHOENIX — Arizona's already sputtering offense has taken a severe hit: center fielder A.J. Pollock is expected to miss four-to-eight weeks with a broken left thumb.

Pollock was injured diving unsuccessfully for Tyler Saladino 's line drive that turned into an inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning of Monday's 7-2 loss to Milwaukee.

Manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday that Pollock has an avulsion fracture, which occurs where a tendon or ligament attaches to the bone.

The 30-year-old Pollock, a native of Hebron. Conn., who attended RHAM High, leads the team with a .293 average, 11 home runs and 33 RBIs. He was an All-Star in 2015 but has not played more than 112 games in a season since because of injuries.

"It's tough to lose anybody," Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said, "but A.J., the way he was playing, it's a pretty big blow. But nobody's going to feel sorry for us. We've got to pick up and move on."

Pollock, who becomes a free agent after this season, missed all but 12 games in 2016 after fracturing his elbow in a headfirst slide at home in the team's final exhibition game. Last year, he missed nearly two months with a groin injury.

"Look, I hurt with A.J. just like everybody else does," Lovullo said. "We are all aware of the season that he was having. I can't give you his gut reaction but mine is one of empathy and understanding of what he's probably walking through right now in dealing with frustration."

Arizona began the night with a major league-low .223 batting average and a six-game losing streak, its longest in two seasons.

Lovullo said Jarrod Dyson and Chris Owings would fill in for Pollock, who is one of the best defensive outfielders in the National League. Dyson was signed as a free agent in the offseason after playing for Seattle. Owings, the starter Tuesday night, has become a do-everything infielder-outfielder but has not played in center since 2016.