Socrates Brito will be 24 years old when the 2017 season begins, and the Diamondbacks are still looking for the young Dominican to really break through. Part of the problem so far has been opportunity -- David Peralta and A.J. Pollock have outfield spots locked down, and Yasmany Tomas seems to have joined that group. But when injuries struck Peralta and Pollock last season and Brito got some playing time, he did nothing to impress. He posted an ugly .179/.196/.358 slash line in 95 at-bats, and he struck out 23.7 percent of the time. Brito was much better at Triple-A Reno, so it wasn't all bad in 2016. But Brito is going to have to show he can handle high-level pitching better to secure more playing time going forward. He might start 2017 at Triple-A in order to get more at-bats under his belt.
Manager Torey Lovullo said Brito will likely miss a couple months of action after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocation of his left ring finger Wednesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Brito was initially in the running for the Diamondbacks' fourth outfield spot, although this essentially seals the deal that he'll begin the season on the disabled list. His defensive potential will give him a chance to earn playing time in the majors once he is healthy. With Brito likely out of the equation, Gregor Blanco and Jeremy Hazelbaker likely have a better chance of landing an Opening Day roster spot as a reserve outfielder.
Brito dislocated his finger sliding headfirst into home Wednesday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. He's being evaluated further, but it looks like Brito could miss extended time with the injury. Depending on the severity, the injury could prevent the 24-year-old from winning the fourth outfielder spot for the Diamondbacks, which could ultimately land him in Triple-A to start the season.
Brito (undisclosed) left Wednesday's game after apparently injuring himself while running the bases, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The specifics and severity of the injury aren't known yet, but it appeared to be a leg injury. Consider him day-to-day until the Diamondbacks release something more on his status.
Brito underwent a successful surgery to repair a dislocation on his left ring finger. He still doesn't have a timetable for his return, but it's likely the 24-year-old will be out for an extended period of time, especially because it's on his throwing hand. This likely takes him out of the fourth outfielder race, and there's a good chance he'll start the season in Triple-A now. Expect another update once he is given a firm timetable for his recovery.
Brito is in the mix for the D-backs' fourth outfielder job this spring. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Gregor Blanco are also in camp vying for the job, while it's possible that the team will only keep one of the three outfielders with Chris Herrmann potentially sticking as the 25th man due to his flexibility as a third option behind the plate. Nevertheless, Brito's performance at Triple-A Reno last season included a .294/.322/.439 line with six homers and seven steals in 73 games, while his taste of Arizona included a .179/.196/.358 line in 40 games. With the veteran alternatives at their disposal, the D-backs may elect to give Brito regular playing time at Reno to begin the year with the plan of giving him a promotion if any of the three starters in the outfield succumbs to injury in 2017.