The Arizona Diamondbacks benched center fielder A.J. Pollock on Friday. The center fielder was therefore not allowed to play during Saturday’s clash with Astros.Pollock had to watch the game like any other ordinary fan. The most awful about his absence is that the Astros beat his mates with 9-2.
The center field All-Star player was exempted from playing after he suffered severe tightness in his knee on Friday.Pollock will still be away during Sunday’s game. This is because the D-backs want him to rest for at least three days before returning to play.
The stiffness started while he was still in Seattle. Trouble started when he dashed to the first base during Friday’s game. He was actually relieved by a pinch-runner because he could not remain in the game till the last whistle.
Just a few hours ahead of Saturday’s clash, Pollock had stated that he was still able to swing though at a slower pace than before the injury.
“It felt good today,” Pollock said before Saturday’s game. “I’m just going to take it slow and see what happens. Yeah, I’m swinging, doing everything. I think today they wanted me to take it off from running. Hopefully that will be it and I’ll move on past it.”
Pollock is planning to return on Sunday but that won’t happen because manager Chip Hale does not want to take any chances.”We’d rather catch it now and give him two or three days off than have to put him on the DL and miss a month,” Hale said.
In the mean time, righty Chase Anderson is set to commence his recovery training on Sunday in the Rookie Arizona League.
Anderson was sent to the disabled list after suffering inflammation in his right triceps. The D-backs are intending to use his performance with the rookies to determine whether he is ready to come back.
The right hander will have to make at least 6 innings or finish 40 pitches to be removed from the disabled list. And if Anderson succeeds in convincing the D-backs, they will put him in the lineup next weekend against the Reds.
For Anderson to get a starting position, the D-backs will definitely have to remove reliever Zack Godley. The reliever will make a starting appearance on Monday during the clash with Nationals.