A.J. Pollock made the slow walk from center field toward the home dugout on Monday night, a trainer by his side. It was a sight the Diamondbacks have become conditioned to fear.
As if their current skid wasn’t bad enough, they might have lost their star center fielder in the process. In the Diamondbacks’ 7-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, Pollock suffered what is being called a sprained left thumb and is scheduled to visit a hand specialist on Tuesday, manager Torey Lovullo said.
Beyond that, the club provided no indications as to the severity of the injury. That the team termed it a “sprain” suggests Pollock could be dealing with a ligament issue. If that’s the case and he were to require surgery to repair a tear, he could miss two months.
Asked how tough it would be to lose Pollock for an extended period of time, Lovullo demurred.
“I’m not even going to think about it,” he said. “I don’t even want to get there until we know what’s going on tomorrow.”
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The injury, it seems, couldn’t come at worse time. Monday’s loss was the Diamondbacks’ sixth in a row and their ninth in the past 12 games. During that stretch, they have struggled to generate runs, and for most of the year, Pollock has been their most consistent source of offense.
Though the Diamondbacks scored only a pair of runs – the ninth time in 12 games they’ve scored three runs or fewer – there were some encouraging signs, at least for those who don’t mind squinting.
On the season, the 30-year-old Pollock is batting a highly productive .293/.349/.620 with 24 extra-base hits and nine stolen bases. That’s of course in addition to the value he provides in the field.
Pollock has had a career year in 2018. He was the National League’s Player of the Month in April and the following week was the NL’s Player of the Week.