Pollock to have surgery, miss 6 to 8 weeks
JUN 01, 2014 5:48p ET
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks on Sunday confirmed center fielder A.J. Pollock will need surgery after he suffered a fracture in his right hand Saturday night.
Manager Kirk Gibson said the team's hand specialist, Dr. Don Sheridan, will perform the surgery sometime in the next few days and early estimates suggest a six-to-eight-week recovery period.
The D-backs placed Pollock on the 15-day disabled list prior to Sunday's series finale against the Reds and selected the contract of 26-year-old outfielder David Peralta from Double-A Mobile. To make room on the 40-man roster, the D-backs transferred reliever Matt Reynolds (elbow) to the 60-day DL
Peralta, along with Ender Inciarte, gives the D-backs an option to fill Pollock's spot in center field. Peralta started in left field Sunday, with Inciarte in center field. The D-backs will have more difficulty replacing Pollock's offensive production.
Pollock had begun to emerge as a dangerous leadoff hitter, going 12 for 23 on the current home stand and hitting .316 for the season with 16 doubles, six home runs, 15 RBI and eight stolen bases.
"(Pollock) was our hottest offensive guy, and so to lose him we're going to miss some offense," Gibson said. "We're going to have to look at ways to make up that difference."
Though the jump from Double-A to the majors is certainly a big one, Peralta may have the opportunity to help fill the offensive void. With Mobile, the left-handed Peralta was hitting .297 with 17 doubles, six home runs 46 RBI and an .839 OPS. His double and RBI totals lead the Southern League.
Peralta, a native of Venezuela, started as a pitching prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The Cardinals released Peralta in 2009 after a pair of shoulder surgeries, and Peralta chose to reinvent himself as a position player.
"I just decided to give up pitching and start swinging," Peralta said. "I'm much better swinging."
Peralta spent two years in independent leagues before the D-backs signed him in July. He spent the second half of last season with High-A Visalia, where he hit .346 with 42 RBI in 51 games.
When Double-A manager Andy Green called Peralta around 1 a.m. Sunday, Peralta thought he was headed for Triple-A. Five hours later, he was on a plane from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Atlanta and on to Phoenix. He arrived around 9 a.m. and went straight to Chase Field.
Along with Peralta and Inciarte, the D-backs can use Gerardo Parra in center field. Gibson said Martin Prado could be used in left field, depending on veteran third baseman Eric Chavez's workload. With Pollock out and Mark Trumbo still rehabbing a broken foot, the D-backs now must figure out their best options in the outfield.
"Today is today, we'll have an off day tomorrow and we'll sit down and have conversations and plan it out a little better," Gibson said. "We'll have to sit down and give consideration and try to figure out a new rotation."