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.
The Diamondbacks still expect Pollock to return this season, and this news is a good sign that it isn't just unwarranted optimism. Pollock had four steals and a .716 OPS in 12 games before the injury sent him to the bench again, but he was showing some of the speed and power that made him a breakout star in 2015.
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.
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