Arizona Diamondbacks streaking star Chris Young was "in the tube" getting an MRI on his injured shoulder when manager Kirk Gibson addressed the media about two hours before Wednesday's day game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Young was forced to leave Tuesday night's game after making a spectacular catch and slamming his shoulder into the wall.
"We're hoping there's nothing structural and it will be quicker rather than longer...We're hoping it's just what they call and AC joint -- the joint on top of your shoulder -- sprain," Gibby said.
We should have word if Young will go on the disabled list right before first pitch on Wednesday.
Centerfielder A.J. Pollock, 24, was already activated from Triple-A Reno to replace infielder Geoff Blum (side strain) on the 25-man roster. Pollock will get his first major league start in this game. If Young goes to the DL, infielder Cody Ranson, already in town with the team, will be activated.
Pollock got word right before his minor league game yesterday and was on a 6:30 a.m. flight this morning.
At first, Pollock thought it was a joke when his manager told him, "after that, when I realized it was true I started getting some adrenaline going and I was pretty pumped."
The D-backs will also play without Justin Upton who will miss another game due to a sore thumb. He's not expected to go to the DL immediately. The team is hoping a few days rest will help. J-Up is available to run or play defense but isn't likely to be used as a pinch-hitter.
Pollock stayed with the big league team all the way through spring training and he's hitting .340 in Reno so far this season.
"He's a pretty complete player. He's a good outfielder. Throws the ball well. Runs the bases well. He's very smart. He swung the bat pretty well. He's been playing well in Triple-A (Reno)," Gibson said.
With Pollock in center, Gerardo Parra will play left with Jason Kubel moving over to right field where he played about 50 games last year. Gibson has a sense that Kubel is more comfortable in right.
Gibson said he spoke with his 81-year-old mother about the injuries to Young and Upton and was told, "well, you're just going to have to deal with it and they're going to have to carry a little extra baggage."
Gibby added his own words of wisdom: "It's one of those deals. You've got to move on, you've got to find a way. You can't be discouraged by it. This is what we signed up for. Things happen along the way and you stand up to that challenge."
- Willie Bloomquist (SS)
- Aaron Hill (2B)
- Jason Kubel (RF)
- Miguel Montero (C)
- Ryan Roberts (3B)
- Lyle Overbay (1B)
- A.J. Pollock (CF)
- Gerardo Parra (LF)
- Daniel Hudson (RHP)