PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 18: Aaron Hill #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks drops the ball while attempting to turn a double play against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Chase Field on April 18, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

D-backs Fall To Pirates With No Chris Young Or Justin Upton

The Arizona Diamondbacks struggled to generate enough action from the plate with two of their best hitters watching the game due to injury.

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Your Acromioclavicular Ligament And You (and Chris Young)

AZ SnakePit looks at the medical implications of Young's shoulder injury, explaining what the heck the acromioclavicular ligament is, and what the prognosis is for his recovery.

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Chris Young Diagnosed With Small Tear Of AC Joint Ligament; Upton Update

The results of Chris Young's MRI on his injured right shoulder along with the doctor's report convinced the Arizona Diamondbacks to ignore the player's pleas and place him on the Disabled List. Young reported feeling better today and looked like he might escape with just a few missed days until the team was advised that rest was the best option to prevent further damage.

"It's certainly disappointing," General manager Kevin Towers said. "One of the hottest bats in the National League and to lose him for at least the next couple of weeks will be difficult but we've got to deal with it."

The injury was described by Towers as a deep acromioclavicular joint contusion with a small tear in the ligament.

"It's a long season and I would rather have two or three weeks versus four or five months if he was to make it worse by coming back too soon," Towers said, stressing that timetable is very preliminary at this point.

Young initially fought the news but relented once he understood that this was something that could get worse without rest and treatment.

"It's a little awkward for me. I'm not to happy about it. It just happened. A freak accident. I just have to stay mentally strong and be here and (give) support for the rest of the team," Young said.

Towers said that Justin Upton is still day-to-day with his thumb injury. He had some fluid drained and will hopefully improve over the next few days.

"I'd rather have a healthy Justin Upton than somebody who's trying to play through something where he has discomfort at 50 percent."

Young said this was his first time on the DL as a major leaguer.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Lack Punch With No Upton Or Young, Fall To Pirates 2-1

Daniel Hudson, fresh off a horrible outing in his last start, had a shutout going until he gave up a game-tying solo home run to Pedro Alvarez in the seventh inning. He did his job, but against the Pirates bullpen that's proving to be highly potent and without a couple of big bats in the order, the Arizona Diamondbacks simply couldn't generate enough offense to pick up their starting pitcher.

The loss to the Pirates represents Arizona's second-straight series loss and their first two-game losing streak of the season.

The D-backs once again took an early lead and for the 10th time in 12 games put up a run in the first inning. This time it was a lead-off triple from Willie Bloomquist and an RBI single from Jason Kubel to record the Snakes' first strike.

With Chris Young and Justin Upton both on the shelf, the D-backs couldn't get any kind of rally going and lacked the long ball.

Arizona squandered a great opportunity in the sixth after Aaron Hill started the inning with a triple. Kubel struck out and after the Pirates intentionally walked Miguel Montero, Ryan Roberts grounded into a double play. Roberts also had an error on the day that he'd rather forget.

Hudson's game ended in the eighth inning after he gave up a couple of two-out hits. His line was an impressive six hits, two runs, three walks and five strikeouts over seven and two-thirds innings. Unfortunately, David Hernandez couldn't close out the eighth thanks to a Texas Leaguer from Neil Walker that landed between three Arizona fielders and gave the Bucs the lead.

"I had better command today of all my pitches. The ball felt better coming out of my hand. Tough loss," Hudson said.

Never a team to say die, Miguel Montero started the ninth with a single and was promptly replaced by Justin Upton who's sore thumb doesn't prevent him from running fast. Roberts completed his 0-4 outing with a strikeout which brought up Lyle Overbay who once again got the start in place of Paul Goldschmidt. Overbay lined to short and A.J. Pollock finished his first major league game with a ground out to close out the series.

The D-backs stay home for a series against the Atlanta Braves starting Thursday. Josh Collmenter will look for his first solid start of the season.

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Chris Young To Disabled List With Shoulder Injury

As expected, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Chris Young was sent to the 15-day disabled list to recover from a shoulder injury suffered when he crashed in to the wall after making an amazing catch during Tuesday's game. The D-backs had already activated A.J. Pollock to take Young's place in the outfield and with this move will also call-up infielder Cody Ranson who will replace Geoff Blum (side strain).

Young's injury is officially listed as a "right shoulder contusion".

Young had started the season on fire from the plate. He was batting .410 (16-for-39) with 4 doubles, 5 home runs and 13 RBI in 11 games with the D-backs this season. He ranks among the NL leaders in slugging percentage (2nd, .897), home runs (2nd), total bases (2nd, 35), on-base percentage (T-2nd, .500) and RBI (T-3rd). Young's 13 RBI in the club's first 10 games was the fourth-highest total all-time, trailing Luis Gonzalez (16 in 2001), his own 2010 total (15) and Mark Reynolds (14 in 2008).


Chris Young Injury Update; Diamondbacks Lineup Missing Two Stars

The D-backs will face the Pirates in a Wednesday day game without sluggers Chris Young or Justin Upton.


Arizona Diamondbacks Injury And Roster Update: Blum To DL, Upton, Young Day-To-Day, Pollock To Majors

On Tuesday, the deep Arizona Diamondbacks roster began to test that depth. Three players became unavailable because of injury. One player will go to the disabled list and two others will be unavailable at least for a game or two.

The first was Justin Upton. He was left out of the lineup because of his lingering thumb injury. Then Chris Young went down on an amazing catch in the outfield and had to leave the game.

After the game on Tuesday, manager Kirk Gibson addressed the injuries.

With regards to Young, he said that Young would have an MRI on the shoulder on Wednesday, but noted that Young "got crushed" out there by the wall and that Young "was very sore." He is listed as day-to-day. He will not play on Wednesday.

Upton had an MRI done on his thumb in the afternoon. "It shows nothing," said Gibson about what they found. "He's got kind of a bone bruise in there, but he jammed his thumb."

He had some fluid drained from the joint, and Gibson described him day-to-day as he did Young, but said that

The third injury that happened was during batting practice, when infielder Geoff Blum "pulled a side muscle," as Gibson described. Unfortunately, Blum will go on the disabled list and the team will call up AAA outfielder A.J. Pollock to replace him on the roster.

Whether Pollock plays right away is yet to be seen. If not, expect to see an outfield of Willie Bloomquist in left, Gerardo Parra in center and Jason Kubel in right.

Arizona will play on Wednesday, a day game starting at 12:40 PM, with a short bench as neither Upton nor Young will be available, leaving only Pollock, Lyle Overbay and Henry Blanco as the only bats off the bench.

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Diamondbacks Fall to Pirates 5-4 In Second Game Of Series

The Arizona Diamondbacks fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Tuesday night. Andrew McCutchen went 4-5 and Garrett Jones had three RBI for Pittsburgh. Ian Kennedy pitched six innings and gave up four runs. The teams have split the first two games of their series and will play the series finale Wednesday at 12:40 p.m.


Chris Young Leaves Game With Shoulder Injury After Spectacular Catch

In the fourth inning Tuesday night between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona fans witnessed something quite bittersweet. Centerfielder Chris Young robbed Pedro Alvarez of an extra base hit, but in doing so got hurt and had to leave the game.

Young had to race to his right in left-centerfield and left his feet, leaping in to the wall. He made the catch and hit the wall with his right shoulder, but did not immediately get up afterward. He got up and walked off the field under hie own power, but it looked like his right shoulder was affected.

In leaving the game, Gerardo Parra moved to centerfield, Jason Kubel moved from leftfield to right, Willie Bloomquist went from shortstop to leftfield and John McDonald entered the game to play shorstop.

The injury to Young, though at this point is unknown how serious it is, hurts in many ways. The outfield depth is already being tested with Justin Upton battling a thumb injury. His defense in center will be missed as he covers a ton of ground, as evidenced by his catch of Alvarez' hit. But more importantly he has been the biggest threat in the Arizona lineup, after going 1-2 with a double and a run scored, Young was hitting .410 on the season with five homers and 13 RBI.

That production will not be easy to replace.

If a move has to be made on the roster, outfielder A.J. Pollock, currently batting .340 in AAA Reno, would be the likely replacement on the roster.

We will keep you posted as soon as there is more information.

See the play that ended Young's night.

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'Nothing Concrete' Yet For Return Of Takashi Saito From DL

Takashi Saito's return looks like will not be as quick as thought before.


Justin Upton Out of Lineup Tonight Against Pirates

Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton will not play tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates as he continues to rest his ailing thumb. Upton injured the thumb trying to break up a double play in the series finale against the Giants on April 8th.

"He's not swinging the bat well, I think it hurts him," said Kirk Gibson about Upton. "He went and saw Dr. Sheridan, the hand specialist, and we will wait and see what he says," said Gibson.

Upton has a batting average of .212 this season and does not have a home run or an RBI in 2012. Upton went 0-4 last night against the Pirates.

"We just went with a different lineup today to give him a break," said Gibson. According to Gibson, Upton will have an MRI on the injured thumb while visiting the Diamondbacks' hand specialist, Dr. Paul Sheridan.

Into the lineup steps Gerardo Parra. Parra has five hits in his last ten at-bats, including two RBI and three runs scored in that span.

Full lineups for both teams below:

Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Alex Presley. LF
  2. Nate McLouth, RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. Garrett Jones, 1B
  6. Rod Barajas, C
  7. Pedro Alvarez, 3B
  8. Clint Barmes, SS
  9. Jeff Karstens, P
  1. Willie Bloomquist, SS
  2. Gerardo Parra, RF
  3. Chris Young, CF
  4. Miguel Montero, C
  5. Jason Kubel, LF
  6. Ryan Roberts, 3B
  7. Lyle Overbay, 1B
  8. Aaron Hill, 2B
  9. Ian Kennedy, P
Pitching Probables
Jeff Karstens (0-1, 3.27 ERA) vs. Ian Kennedy (2-0, 2.84 ERA)

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Diamondbacks Sink Pirates, 5-1; Chris Young Continues To Rake

The recipe for this Arizona Diamondbacks win followed a well established early season pattern. Aaron Hill went deep in the first inning to put point on the board in the first frame for the eighth time in 10 games. Chris Young added another home run, his fifth on the season, to blow the game open in the 6th.

Mix in a strong start from Joe Saunders and painless door closing from the pen and the Pittsburgh Pirates went quietly to their graves at the bottom of Chase Field Deep.

Hill's one-out home run is his third of the season with all three coming while hitting in the lucky two-hole in Kirk Gibson's batting order.

"It was a good performance from Joe (Saunders) tonight. Excellent. He's been great both times out. We hit the long ball and we tend to win when we do that," Gibson said.

Saunder's only run allowed came in the first inning after he gave up three-straight singles and a walk after opening the game with two quick outs. From that point forward, Joe only allowed three more hits. His final line was a very clean seven innings with six hits, one run earned, two walks and five punch outs.

Joe was relieved in bottom of the seventh by Gerardo Parra who splashed down his first career pinch-hit home run into the pool in right field. It was the 42nd ball to take a bath and the 22nd off a D-back bat.

Young's two-run blast in the sixth inning puts him in second place in the majors behind Matt Kemp. CY went 3-4 at the plate today which will also raise his batting average which was .364 coming into this game.

Young admitted that he changed some mechanics in his swing but he was reluctant to talk about the details for fear that he would start to over think the details at the plate.

As hot as he is, Chris has also learned to remain humble, "I'm pretty confident but at the same time, you stay humble in this game. By no means is it easy for me right now. You're not going to go three for four every night. You understand that baseball, it will catch you if you get too big-headed," Young explained.

Pirates starter Erik Badard was solid, going five innings, three hits, two runs, four walks, three strikeouts and one homerun allowed. The D-backs big damage came against the Pittsburgh pen.

Game 2 of the series on Tuesday features Ian Kennedy on the mound facing Jeff Karstens.

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Stephen Drew: 'Not As Far Along As You Would Hope'

Stephen Drew is making progress in rehabbing his ankle but isn't ready yet. Kirk Gibson explains his progress and current status.


[VIDEO] Larry Fitzgerald And Patrick Peterson Take Batting Practice, Field Ground Balls

Last April when Arizona Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald visited the Arizona Diamondbacks before a game he put on the helmet and gloves, grabbed a bat and took some batting practice cuts. It didn't go so well [video] and he's still taking heat over that performance.

So this year when Fitz came to the D-backs pregame workout to promote his 2012 Celebrity Softball Game he brought a friend. All-Pro cornerback / punt returner Patrick Peterson showed his athletic prowess and supreme confidence on the football field during his rookie season and put both traits on display in the cage.

Peterson and Fitzgerald both also took some brief instruction from shortstops Stephen Drew and John McDonald and then fielded some ground balls. Both did well enough, but their footwork and throws to first left a lot to be desired.

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Diamondbacks Vs. Pirates: Series Preview, Pitching Probables, TV/Radio Schedule, More

The Arizona Diamondbacks are home to face the Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game set.


Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule 2012: Arizona Set To Host Pirates, Braves At Chase Field

The Diamondbacks will welcome in two of the oldest franchises in baseball this week.

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