The Arizona Diamondbacks announced Saturday that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt had suffered a fractured left hand and would be placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Goldschmidt, 26, suffered the injury in the ninth inning of Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, when he was hit by a 93-mph Ernesto Frieri pitch.
“I didn’t know [last night],” Goldschmidt said. “I was holding out hope and staying pretty positive. Wasn’t trying to think about it being broken. I knew it was a possibility.”
Outfielder Alfredo Marte was recalled from Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move.
Goldschmidt is currently leading the National League in extra-base hits and runs scored, while ranking second in total bases, third in RBI and walks and fourth in on-base and slugging percentage. He leads the majors in doubles.
“It hurts,” said D-backs manager Kirk Gibson. “He’s one of the best players on our team and one of the best players in the league. There are risks to playing the game. The ball ran up-and-in, and we’re very familiarly with what happens when guys get hit in the hand. It’s our third guy in just a little over a year.”
Marte will be making his third major league stint with the Diamondbacks. In 78 games with the Reno Aces, he is batting .319 with 11 home runs and 45 RBI this season.