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Damaged goods? Didi Gregorius has a strained ulnar collateral ligament

Feb 12, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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The Diamondbacks traded Trevor Bauer to the Indians and received shortstop Didi Gregorius back from the Reds in the three-team deal. But Didi is malfunctioning:

Didi Gregorius, considered Arizona’s shortstop of the future, has a right elbow injury that has prevented him from throwing or batting for the past month. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers revealed the injury at a briefing with reporters Tuesday.

He said Gregorius felt discomfort in the elbow while working out a month ago in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. Gregorius was flown from his home in Curacao to Arizona, where an examination found a slight strain of the ulnar collateral ligament, Towers said.

There was no indication that Gregorius was injured before the trade and, indeed, he did not report any discomfort to the Reds.  He was likely going to start the year in the minors anyway, but it has to be discouraging news when the guy you traded your top prospect for comes up achy the first day you lay eyes on him.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    He has particulata of deteriorating cartilage in the elbow.

    In other words….

    do I have to say it?….

    • chacochicken - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      The D’backs will take you as long as you got what they want…need, really…even if its in the wrong spots. That Bauer deal is looking better by the day

  2. whmiv21 - Feb 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Relax, D-backs. You still have Tony Sipp!

  3. foolmaker - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Question: If the Reds knew about a potential long term injury but withheld the information from the Diamondbacks, can the Reds be held at fault? Or would the Dbacks get screwed? Which isn’t to say that the Reds did know or that this injury is serious. I’m just curious.

    • gpatrick15 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      The Diamondbacks have team doctors just like every other team. The Reds shouldn’t be at fault if he passed the physical Arizona gave him. However, I have seen trades rescinded in other sports due to undisclosed injuries. If I’m not mistaken, Tyson Chandler’s trade from New Orleans to OKC was nixed for a similar issue.

    • bennoj - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Caveat emptor

  4. gpatrick15 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Didi Gregorious remains one of the best names in sports.

    • cur68 - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Beat me to it. I was looking forward to hearing this kid’s name said by MLB announcers (I was really hoping for Vin Scully to have a nice time with it). Pity. It was the only part of the Bauer trade I liked.

    • Tick - Feb 12, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      With that name, he should be in contention to be the new Pope.

      • Old Gator - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Yeah, but he would have to cling to a rock in the Santa Barbara Channel for a few years first.

  5. johnnyb1976 - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    The reds didn’t trade him to the snakes.. The Indians did so if its on any team it’s the Indians.

  6. Mark - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Derek Jeter would have played through it.

  7. paperlions - Feb 12, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    He probably has too much grit, that stuff can get into everything and cause inflammation/discomfort.

  8. djjackson81 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    It better not be a lasting injury. If so the Diamondbacks got screwed.

    • whmiv21 - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:21 PM

      They got screwed well before this happened.

  9. paperlions - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Whoops!

    “Gregorius did not take a physical at the time of the trade. “

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2013/02/12/didi-gregorius-arizona-diamondbacks-prospect-could-start-season-on-disabled-list/1913687/

    • stanggtman - Feb 12, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      If the D’Backs didn’t give him a physical, it’s on them.

      Go Reds!

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