A.J. Pollock was having a breakthrough season before he suffered a fractured right hand when he was hit in the hand on a check-swing on Saturday against the Reds. Unfortunately it sounds like he won’t be an option to rejoin the Diamondbacks until sometime in August.
Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports that Pollock had plates and screws inserted into his hand today during surgery. The Diamondbacks don’t expect him to resume baseball activities for eight weeks, which rules him out for all of June and July.
Pollock, 26, was batting .316/.366/.554 with six home runs, 15 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 52 games prior to the injury.
The Cubs announced on Tuesday evening that the club signed pitcher Drew Smyly to a two-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the contract is for $10 million total and allows Smyly to earn another $7 million with performance bonuses. Smyly was non-tendered by the Mariners at the beginning of the month and became a free agent.
Smyly, 28, underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in late June. He’s expected to miss, at minimum, the first half of the 2018 season. The Cubs are hoping he can contribute to a playoff push in the latter half of the season as well as in 2019.
Smyly didn’t pitch at all in 2017. When he was healthy the season prior, he made 30 starts for the Rays and put up a 4.88 ERA and a 167/49 K/BB ratio in 175 1/3 innings.