The Arizona Diamondbacks had high hopes prior to the 2014 season. But injuries coupled with underperforming free agents have led to a terrible season for the D-backs, prompting the hring of Tony LaRussa as Chief Baseball Officer.
The news didn’t get much better on Sunday as x-ray results came back on the broken hand suffered by Paul Goldschmidt against the Pirates on Friday.
Gibson on Goldschmidt: “Realistically, it’s eight weeks. So he’s done.”
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) August 3, 2014
After getting hit on the hand in the ninth inning on Friday, Goldschmidt finished the game but soon realized his injury was a little more than bruised hand.
“I was holding out hope,” Goldschmidt said. “I was staying pretty positive, wasn’t trying to think about it being broken. But I knew it was a possibility. “There was some swelling. I knew there was something, but I was hoping … it was a bad bruise or something like that.”
Goldschmidt was the lone bright spot in the dark cloud that has hung over the Diamondbacks all season long. Now it appears that fans won’t even have Goldschmidt to cheer for this season as the eight week timeline mentioned by Kirk Gibson won’t leave enough time for Goldy to return.
Goldschmidt’s bat will certainly be missed form the line-up but with every set-back comes opportunity. Andy Marte is the most likely candidate to fill in for Goldschmidt after returning to the major leagues on July 31st.