MLB: Goldschmidt likely out for the rest of 2014
By ISHMAEL JOHNSON
Daily Record Sports
A broken hand suffered in last Friday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates might have ended a former Bobcat’s 2014 season.
Paul Goldschmidt was hit in his left hand on a high-and-tight pitch from Pirates reliever Ernesto Frieri.
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed Goldschmidt on the 15-day disabled list Monday morning and manager Kirk Gibson estimated Goldschmidt’s timetable for recovery to be eight weeks.
“Realistically, he’s done (for the year),” Gibson told Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com.
Adam Litchstein of MLB.com reported last Saturday that the initial X-rays came back inconclusive.
The Diamondbacks are in the midst of a 49-63 season in which they sit second to last in the National League West after just missing the playoffs last season.
Goldschmidt was one of the lone bright spots for the team as he started last month’s MLB All-Star Game. The former Bobcat was Arizona’s first starter since Luis Gonzalez back in 2001.
Before the injury, Goldschmidt was in the middle of a brief slump during his otherwise productive individual season.
Through his last 17 at-bats, he was batting .176 with two RBIs and one home run.
On the season, however, Goldschmidt was having a season on-par with his 2013 performance. The first baseman was batting .300 with 19 home runs and ranked third in the NL in RBIs with 69. Earlier in the season,
Goldschmidt had a streak of 32 games in which he reached base at least once.
In response to Frieri’s pitch, Diamondbacks reliever Randall Delgado pegged the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen in the back last Saturday night. Delgado was ejected after the pitch.