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Josh Thole could miss entire 2017 season

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OAKLAND, CA - JULY 16: Josh Thole #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a two-run double in the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum on July 16, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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Diamondbacks’ catcher Josh Thole is likely lost for the season, according to comments made by manager Torey Lovullo on Saturday. Per Nick Piecoro of AZ Central Sports, Thole suffered a significant hamstring tear and could undergo surgery, though he’s said to be seeking a second opinion soon.

Thole sustained the injury while running the bases during a game against the Cubs last Wednesday. He felt his hamstring pop as he dodged a line drive and had to be helped off the field when he came out of the game.

The veteran backstop signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks in January and was expected to serve as catching depth behind Jeff Mathis, Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann. He batted .169/.254/.220 with one home run and a .474 OPS for the Blue Jays during the 2016 season.

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