Pollock missed most of last season while recovering from a fractured elbow suffered in spring training, and ended up playing in just 12 games before the DIamondbacks elected to shut him down due to a groin strain. While 2016 was essentially a throw-away year for Pollock, he wasn't limited much during offseason workouts and entered spring training at full health. Though he still carries some durability concerns, the 29-year-old showed in his breakout 2015 season that he's capable of delivering excellent returns in nearly every fantasy category when healthy. If he makes it through the spring unscathed and demonstrates the hitting skills that made him an early-round pick heading into last season, Pollock should see his ADP rise in the weeks to come.
Pollock noted multiple times that he's feeling healthy again, saying his body feels cleaner and more athletic after a diverse offseason workout regimen. This is big for the 29-year-old, who has missed significant chunks of the past two seasons with a plethora of injuries, including a broken hand, a shattered elbow and a strained groin. When he has played, however, the All-Star has been very productive for Arizona, slashing .308/.361/.493 in 915 at-bats since the start of the 2014 season. With questions surrounding the Diamondbacks' aging core, Pollock has his sights set on a productive and healthy 2017.
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
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 in Washington, and Pollock is the type of player that can make a difference even with a very small window of opportunity.
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