Depth is a good thing on any baseball roster.
When navigating through the rigors of a 162-game major
league season, injuries happen, it’s good to have
options on your bench that can come in and do the job when
One of the reasons why the Arizona Diamondbacks were the
pick of many pundits to repeat as National League West
champs was their depth – especially in the outfield.
Just 11 games into the season, that depth is being tested.
Right fielder Justin Upton was out of the lineup in
Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and saw a
hand specialist about his dinged-up thumb.
And Chris Young, off to a blazing hot start, left
Tuesday’s game in the 4th inning after robbing
Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez of extra bases with a catch
that carried him right into the center field wall. Young
was diagnosed with a right shoulder contusion.
The Diamondbacks finished with Willie Bloomquist in left
field, Gerardo Parra in center and Jason Kubel in right.
According to manager Kirk Gibson, the Diamondbacks will
call up outfielder A.J. Pollock from Triple-A Reno
Wednesday, but not to replace Young or Upton. Pollock
will slide into the roster spot held by veteran Geoff
Blum, who was injured in warm-ups Tuesday.
Pollock was hitting .340 in 12 games for the Aces so far
Gibson listed both Young and Upton as “day-to-day”. Upton
had fluid drained from his left thumb Tuesday, and is
trying to avoid a stint on the disabled list.
“I hope so. I just had it done today so I really don’t
know,” Upton said. “I’m going to come in (Wednesday) and
see how it feels and come in the next day and see how it
feels. It’s one of those things that you have to give a
little bit of time, but right now it doesn’t look like we
have the time.”
Young is scheduled to have an MRI Wednesday to further
explore the shoulder, which showed no structural damage in
x-rays taken Tuesday night.
“The frustration level is real high,” Young said. “It’s
just bad timing, I guess any time you get hurt it’s bad
timing – especially with some guys down right now you want
to be out there to help the team and do what you can.”
Gibson was in full planning mode immediately following the
game, but several roster scenarios are up in the air as
the club waits for full diagnosis on its two stars.
“It doesn’t seem like (Upton) will be 15 days, but it’s
not going to be tomorrow, either,” he said. “We’re going
to have to play short and some guys are going to have to
Arizona Sports’ Kyndra de St. Aubin and Charlie
Feinerman contributed to this report