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A.J. Pollock to miss 4-8 weeks with avulsion fracture in left thumb

Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 14: Head athletic trainer Ryan DiPanfilo escorts AJ Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks off the field after injuring himself on a dive during the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Chase Field on May 14, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Brewers won 7-2. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock has been diagnosed with an avulsion fracture in his left thumb and is expected to miss the next four to eight weeks, the club announced. An avulsion fracture happens near where bone attaches to a tendon or ligament. During the fracture, the tendon or ligament is torn away and takes a small piece of bone with it. Pollock suffered the injury diving to catch a Tyler Saladino line drive during Monday’s game against the Brewers.

Pollock, 30, has been among the best players in baseball this season, batting .293/.349/.620 with 11 home runs, 33 RBI, 23 runs scored, and nine stolen bases in 166 plate appearances. This is obviously a big loss for the Diamondbacks, who enter play Tuesday leading the NL West with a 24-17 record.

Jarrod Dyson and Chris Owings are likely to handle center field while Pollock recovers.

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