A.J. Pollock Injury: Updates on Diamondbacks Star's Recovery from Elbow Surgery

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PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks poses in the new uniform September 30, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Arizona Diamondbacks/Getty Images)
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Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock left the field with a fractured elbow during an April 1 spring training game against the Kansas City Royals. The injury ended up requiring surgery, and it's unclear when Pollock will return to the lineup. 

Continue for updates.

Latest on Pollock's Recovery Timeline

Saturday, April 9

Dr. Don Sheridan, the Diamondbacks' orthopedic hand specialist said, per ESPN.com, "Pollock will not resume baseball activities for at least three months and possibly the entire season."

Pollock Undergoes Surgery 

Tuesday, April 5 

The Diamondbacks announced Pollock had right-elbow surgery on Tuesday.

Pollock Comments on Injury

Saturday, April 2 

"It felt like a nightmare," Pollock told reporters. When asked if he plans to return this season, the outfielder said, "That's going to be my goal," per Steve Gilbert of MLB.com

Pollock Suffers Fracture in Elbow

Friday, April 1

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reported Pollock fractured his elbow and requires surgery. 

Pollock Has Become Outfield Staple for Diamondbacks 

Pollock had an MRI on his right elbow during spring training in March, but it came back negative, ensuring he'd be healthy in time for the start of the 2016 campaign. He appeared in 157 games last season and batted .315 with 20 home runs and 76 RBI.

The 28-year-old did only appear in 75 contests in 2014—mostly due to a freak injury, as he fractured his right hand when he was hit by a pitch. That required surgery, but Pollock showed no ill or lingering effects in 2015.

In addition to his prowess at the plate, Pollock is an exceptional defender, winning a Gold Glove Award last season as well. His all-around exceptional play can't really be emulated by anyone else on the roster, so Arizona will have to hope he can return soon.


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