After a breakout 2015 season in which he registered a handful of MVP votes, A.J. Pollock's 2016 was derailed by injury. A fractured elbow sustained toward the end of spring training kept Pollock out until late August. He returned and played in 12 games, but a groin strain shut him down for good. The combination of power and speed, along with the run-scoring that comes with hitting in front of Paul Goldschmidt, made Pollock the source of a lot of fantasy league titles in 2015. Given the natural discounting that follows when a player has been absent for almost a full year, he has the potential to do the same this season. The only real concern is his injury history, considering 2016 and a 2014 season in which he missed significant time due to a broken hand. That risk should be properly cooked into the price, and he could offer first-round value in his age-29 season with a third-round price tag.
Manager Chip Hale announced Friday that Pollock (groin) will not play again this season. It's been an injury-plagued season for Pollock, who was able to play in just 12 games in 2016. While his season will be cut short by the leg injury he has been dealing with, the fractured elbow that sidelined him for most of the season is no longer an issue, and he should be back at full speed well in advance of next year's spring training.
Pollock (groin) told manager Chip Hale after running Friday that he thought he was "going to feel much better," the Arizona Republic reports. Hale described Pollock as being "a little down" during the conversation. While the team has not formally closed the door on Pollock playing again this season, Hale was clear that the team will not let Pollock run the bases or get into a game until he can run at full speed without pain. There are just six games remaining.
Manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Pollock (groin) could return during the team's second-to-last series, Nick Piecoro of Arizona Republic reports. A groin strain suffered in his 12th game back from a broken elbow put Pollock on the shelf again earlier this month. However, he is said to be ahead of schedule in his recovery and ready to ramp up his activity over the next week. If all goes well, he could return at some point during the Sept. 26-29 series Washington, and Pollock is the type of player that can make a difference even with a very small window of opportunity.
Pollock (groin strain) won't be able to start his rehab for a week, but the Diamondbacks are holding out hope that he will be able to return before the end of the season, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports. He'll need to let the injury cool down before he begins to rehab it, and at that point there will only be two weeks left in the season, so it's certainly possible that he won't return in 2016. In the meantime, Socrates Brito figures to see a good chunk of the playing time in center field.
Pollock (groin) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Giants, the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro reports. The Diamondbacks have not updated Pollock's status after he left Friday's game with a strained groin, but it seems likely that he will miss more than just one game with the injury. He was removed in the second inning Friday after pulling his groin rounding first base, and he hopped on the spot, not letting his left foot touch the ground as he winced in pain. Socrates Brito will start in center field and bat seventh Saturday.