A.J. Pollock's season may be over before it even begins, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have previously known about the risk of him aggravating a previous issue, but decided to let him play through it. The team announced that he no longer will be resuming any activity related to baseball for three months, at least.
The announcement was made by the team's orthopedic hand specialist, Dr. Don Sheridan, also suggesting that he may even be out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on Tuesday. The 28-year old got the injury after making a slide head first into the home plate in an April 1 game against the Kansas City Royals. Although the injury was first thought to be minor, Dr. Sheridan found out later on that a plate was needed to be inserted on the tip of the broken elbow.
Dr. Sheridan admitted that it is somehow related to the broken elbow he suffered back in 2010. He already complained about some pain in the same elbow during spring training and it was revealed through X-rays that one of the screws in the surgery he had six years back was broken, per ESPN report.
An interesting part of this story is the fact that the Diamondbacks allowed Pollock to play even after knowing about the broken screw inside his elbow. While there is no proof that it contributed to the latest injury, it just makes sense to link the two.
Speaking to several members of the press on Saturday, Pollock confirmed the earlier statement from the team that an X-ray was taken on his previous injury. "We actually took an X-ray of it, and it kind of shocked me," he said, referring to the broken screw inside. "It was something I was confident I was going to play with… I played six years with it not fused," he added.