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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Diamondbacks Injury Update: Paul Goldschmidt 'done' for the season

By on 8/03/2014 08:30:00 PM

After taking a pitch off the hand in Friday night's game, Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is out for the remainder of the season with a fractured left hand. At first, the team believed he would return in time for the season's final two to four weeks, but manager Kirk Gibson says he will need eight weeks to recover, placing the timetable after the season ends.

Goldschmidt took a 93-mph fastball from Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri in the left hand. He finished the game on the bases and had X-rays afterward. The team put him on the disabled list Saturday as our own Evan Petzold described.

Fortunately, as's Adam Lichtenstein reports, Goldschmidt will not need surgery. However, eight weeks is just the amount of time left in the season, so it is highly unlikely that he will play again. He will, at least, have the offseason to recover, and he should be ready well ahead of Spring Training in 2015.

Lichenstein quoted Gibson discussing his first baseman's injury and the impact it will have on his team's offense. Said Gibson,
"Realistically it's eight weeks, so he's done. If you rush it, then you end up injuring it and you displace the fracture. I think you're looking at worse things. If you just look at Goldy, he counts for over 30 percent of our run production."
Goldschmidt was hitting .300 with 19 HR and 69 RBI in 109 games for the Diamondbacks this year. Last year, he blossomed into one of the elite power hitters in the league when he blasted 36 home runs and drove in 125 runs with a .302 average.

Mark Trumbo will most likely get the bulk of the time at first base with Goldschmidt out. Alfredo Marte played left field with Trumbo at first Sunday, but we will have to see what plans Gibson has from here on out.

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