Some unfortunate news here for the Diamondbacks.
As relayed by Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, center fielder and primary leadoff man A.J. Pollock suffered a fractured fourth metacarpal on his right hand Saturday when he was struck by a pitch from Reds starter Johnny Cueto. He’ll be placed on the disabled list and may need surgery. D’Backs second baseman Aaron Hill missed eight weeks last year with a similar injury, for an idea on time frame.
Pollock, a dynamic 26-year-old, was batting .316/.366/.554 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 52 games this season for the Snakes. He was the 17th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft.
Arizona enters play Sunday with a 14-game deficit in the National League West standings.
MLB.com has video of the pitch that broke Pollock’s hand on Saturday night.
UPDATE, 1:38 p.m. ET: Surgery is indeed necessary for Pollock …
The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: