Pneumonia could end Nolan Arenado’s season

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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was diagnosed with pneumonia earlier this week and Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that there’s a “good chance” his season is over.

Arenado left Sunday’s game against the Cardinals after he aggravated a chest contusion on a diving play, but an MRI and a CT scan on Monday showed some fluid in his lungs and signs of early-onset pneumonia. He’s feeling better, but there simply might not be enough time left on the calendar for him to get back into a game. The last-place Rockies obviously have no reason to push it.

Arenado has taken a strong step forward during his sophomore season in the majors, batting .287/.328/.500 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI over 111 games. While the 23-year-old missed five weeks with a fractured finger and could see his season end prematurely, he should be in the mix for a second straight Gold Glove award.