D-backs CF Eaton possibly out 2 months
Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Eaton will be out for up to
two months because of a sprained left elbow.
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Friday that Eaton
had an MRI that revealed a small tear in the fibers around the
ulnar collateral ligament. Eaton had been bothered by a sore elbow
for a couple of weeks and the Diamondbacks had recently given him a
couple days off.
”Of course you like to play through it as a competitor,” Eaton
said. ”You don’t like to be in the training room at all and get
that type of attention. A couple of guys I talked to talked me in
to going in and getting it checked out. I was still thinking it was
nothing. I’ve never had any arm problems my whole life.”
Towers said Eaton, expected to be Arizona’s starting center
fielder and leadoff hitter, will be shut down for four weeks and
the best-case scenario for his return would be in six weeks, but
could be as long as two months.
Eaton said he wants to come back sooner.
”I’m sitting here today saying it’s not going to take me that
long,” he said. ”I’m going to do at all costs to get back
quicker. I put all my faith in the doctors but at the same time for
me there’s an aspect where I want to try to get back a little
sooner and try to push things a little bit. We’ll be smart with it,
of course, we’re not going to do anything stupid with it. But I’m
definitely going to try to do a speedy recovery for sure.”
Eaton played 22 games for the Diamondbacks late last season
before he was hit by a pitch and broke his right hand.
The speedster was to play a major role in Arizona’s plans to
change its offensive style and his absence leaves the team thin in
the outfield, with Cody Ross – projected to start in right field –
unlikely to be ready for opening day because of a calf strain. That
leaves the team with a probable outfield of Jason Kubel in left,
A.J., Pollock in center and Gerardo Parra in right.
Eaton hit .390 this spring with 23 hits and 10 RBIs in 59 at
The scrappy outfielder sent a message via Twitter thanking his
”You know that I will work my butt off to get back in there,”
he wrote. ”It will be sooner than later.”
Eaton said that he visited team doctor Michael Lee 1 1/2 weeks
ago and, when his discomfort persisted, he underwent an MRI as a
precaution, only to discover the problem was worse than he
”It’s going to be tough to see the guys go and have fun every
day but I guess it’s all part of the game,” he said, ”but it’s
going to kill me for sure.”
The Diamondbacks will shut Eaton down completely for up to two
weeks. Eaton can hit after that but won’t be allowed to throw for
”It doesn’t bother him to hit and he can throw. It only bothers
him when he really lets go, a long throw,” manager Kurt Gibson.
”He will get a lot of at-bats. He will probably stay in extended
(spring training). When he gets into that window where he can throw
we will send him out for a 30-day assignment. The earliest scenario
is May 15th.”
A.J Pollock will play centerfield during some spring games.
Martin Prado is also an option in the outfield with Gerardo Parra
playing centerfield. Willie Bloomquist is another option.
”I wouldn’t rule Cody (Ross) out,” Gibson said. ”He’s been
getting at-bats. He’s not going to run but he will get eight to 12
at-bats. We have a camp day. It’s possible he could be ready in a
short period of time.”