Pollock not 'panicking' over elbow, close to return

BY Chris Gabel • March 16, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock doesn't know when he will be back in a game, but he said it should be soon and he is not overly concerned about his ailing elbow.

Pollock hasn't played since March 8 because of pain in his right elbow. He has just eight at-bats in Cactus League games.

"I'm really not too worried about it, honestly," Pollock said Wednesday. "Have to keep the big picture in mind, which everyone's reminding me of. I'll be out there. I'll be out there pretty soon."

Pollock was held out of an exhibition and the first two Cactus League games because of soreness in the elbow. He played in three games and was shut down when the soreness returned.

An MRI showed no structural damage.

Manager Chip Hale initially said he hoped Pollock would be back by this weekend. On Wednesday, he said he didn't know when his All-Star center fielder would play again.

"No one is panicking," Pollock said. "If it's feeling good or not -- it is feeling good -- it's kind of to the point where we have to be careful. That's kind of how I ruined it last time.

"I just want to be healthy for Opening Day. I'm close to getting back to 100 percent. Then from there it's just how to stay there."

Pollock on Wednesday wore what he called "a glorified arm sleeve" from his wrist to his triceps. The team's trainers asked him to try it out, he said. He does not plan on needing it long, especially not in the regular season, he said.

"I just want to get passed it," he said. "It's going to be way behind me. I know I'm not going to deal with it in the season."

* Outfielder Yasmany Tomas (knee) could be back in the lineup on Friday, Hale said. Tomas fully participated in the team's workout prior to Wednesday's game against the Reds.

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