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D-backs’ Tomas to undergo core surgery, likely done for 2017

Aug 21, 2017, 9:33 PM | Updated: Aug 22, 2017, 11:38 am
Yasmany Tomas (AP Photo/Matt York)...
Yasmany Tomas (AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo told media in New York on Monday that outfielder Yasmany Tomas will undergo core surgery for a sports hernia Tuesday in Philadelphia and is unlikely to return in 2017.

“We’d been very optimistic on a return,” Lovullo said, according to MLB.com’s Danny Knobler. “It had looked like he was getting close.”

Tomas went on the DL on June 6 for what was called a groin injury and played in three Arizona League games before his rehab assignment was shut down in July. On Aug. 4, he tweeted he would begin a minor league rehab stint and that he was “feeling great!”

But on Aug. 17, Tomas again suffered a setback. He saw a specialist in Philadelphia on Monday.

Signed to a six-year, $68.5 million deal in 2014, the 26-year-old broke out in 2016. The Cuban outfielder appeared in 140 games, recording a team-high 31 home runs to go with 30 doubles while slashing .272/.313/.508.

The 26-year-old from Cuba hit .241 with eight homers and 32 RBIs in 47 games this season.

Following his disabled list assignment, Arizona filled the hole left by Tomas by acquiring outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline, but Tomas’ health appears key for 2018.

Martinez could likely command more than the D-backs are willing to pay in free agency, and Arizona would be forced to find a starting outfielder to place alongside David Peralta and A.J. Pollock.

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New York Mets Brandon Nimmo is tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb during the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Taijuan Walker delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Taijuan Walker delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes hits an RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks J.D. Martinez hits an RBI single during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks Jake Lamb (22) scores a run past New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman reacts after making an error during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks David Peralta runs safely to first base on an error thrown by New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) during the third inning of a baseball game on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Taijuan Walker grabs a fielders choice hit by New York Mets Michael Conforto during the first inning of a baseball game on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) New York Mets Asdrubal Cabrera is tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) New York Mets manager Terry Collins challenges a call by home plate umpire Mike Estabrook during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley delivers during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis (2) is checked on by a team trainer and Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (17) during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) New York Mets pitcher Erik Goeddel (62) reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Arizona Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock (11) during the tenth inning of a baseball game on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock hits a two-run home run during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) Arizona Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock hits a two-run home run during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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