Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a fastball from Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri on Friday night.
As Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports, Goldschmidt has a non-displaced fracture. The first baseman won’t undergo surgery to insert any plates or screws. D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson said of the recovery timetable, “Realistically, it’s eight weeks. So he’s done.”
The Diamondbacks entered play Sunday at 48-63, the third-worst record in the National League. Not much else can go wrong for them.
As we moved to the top of the eighth inning things started to loosen up. Which was good for the American League but not for the Senior Circuit.
Josh Hader of the Brewers was pitching and, in very un-2018-style, the American League strung together a couple of hits, with Shin-Soo Choo and George Springer singling. At that point Jen Segura of the Mariners came to the plate while Joe Buck spoke to National League outfielder Charlie Blackmon on the mic. Blackmon was entertaining until Joey Votto failed to corral a would-be foul out from Segura, at which point he tensed up a bit. Then Segura launched a massive three-run homer to left. Blackmon called Buck “bad luck,” Mitch Moreland singled and Blackmon said that if the next pitch wasn’t a double play ball, he was bailing on the broadcast.
With the Americans leading 5-2, Dave Roberts made a pitching change, bringing in Brad Hand with one out in the inning. Buck bid adieu to Blackmon, for which Blackmon seemed thankful. These mic’d up players are fun, but there’s a limit to how much distraction they’ll endure, even in a meaningless exhibition game.
Hand struck out Michael Brantley and then