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D-Backs' Adam Eaton will miss 6-8 weeks with left elbow sprain

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Eaton's rookie season will be delayed a bit. (USATSI)

Diamondbacks center fielder Adam Eaton will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a UCL sprain in his left (throwing) elbow, the team announced. He apparently hurt himself sliding into third base on Monday.

Eaton, 24, was slated to take over as Arizona's leadoff man following an offseason lineup rebuild. He went 23 for 59 (.390) with two homers and three steals in spring training after an impressive 22-game cameo last September (111 OPS+). Baseball America ranked Eaton as the 73rd-best prospect in the game a few weeks ago.

With Cody Ross (calf) a question mark for opening day, the Diamondbacks are suddenly thin in the outfield. Gerardo Parra figures to step right in and assume everyday center field duties, meaning prospect A.J. Pollock or speedster Tony Campana could make the team as Eaton's injury replacement. Both could make the club if Ross misses any time.

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