Chris Herrmann out for the season with a broken hand

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It’s been a rough couple of months for Diamondbacks’ catcher Chris Herrmann, who returned from a prolonged stint on the disabled list on Tuesday after sitting out most of the year with a hamstring strain. Not two games into the second half of his season, he broke two bones in his left hand after stealing second during the seventh inning of Friday’s 12-inning loss to the Giants.

The 28-year-old is expected to undergo surgery on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the season, putting his season stat line at .284/.352/.493 with six home runs and a 1.5 fWAR over 56 games with Arizona. The loss will leave the Diamondbacks’ bench a little emptier than before, though it’s unlikely to have a drastic effect on their catching options, as they’ve been operating at full speed with Welington Castillo behind the plate since April and Tuffy Gosewisch as a second half backup.

Herrmann wasn’t the only player to leave Friday’s game with an injury. Outfielder A.J. Pollock, who was working on a 12-game stretch with Arizona after rehabbing a broken elbow, left in the first inning after suffering a left groin strain while jogging to first base. Pollock batted .244/.326/.390 with a home run and 0.3 fWAR during two weeks with the Diamondbacks. According to manager Chip Hale, the club hasn’t ruled out the outfielder’s return before the end of the 2016 season, though it’ll be at least a week before he begins the rehab process.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.