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Johnny Cueto broke A.J. Pollock’s right hand

Jun 1, 2014, 9:38 AM EDT

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Some unfortunate news here for the Diamondbacks.

As relayed by Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, center fielder and primary leadoff man A.J. Pollock suffered a fractured fourth metacarpal on his right hand Saturday when he was struck by a pitch from Reds starter Johnny Cueto. He’ll be placed on the disabled list and may need surgery. D’Backs second baseman Aaron Hill missed eight weeks last year with a similar injury, for an idea on time frame.

Pollock, a dynamic 26-year-old, was batting .316/.366/.554 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 52 games this season for the Snakes. He was the 17th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft.

Arizona enters play Sunday with a 14-game deficit in the National League West standings. has video of the pitch that broke Pollock’s hand on Saturday night.


UPDATE, 1:38 p.m. ET: Surgery is indeed necessary for Pollock …

  1. yankeessuckameanone - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Such a blow for Pollock. He was definitely beginning to put up numbers, worthy of getting All Star votes.

  2. gbrim - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Somehow Towers built the 10th highest payroll in baseball with minimal starting pitching and no outfield depth at all. Until Pollock and Trumbo come back 2/3 of the outfield will be manned by guys most teams would have in the minors. And Trumbo will soon prove he is not credible as a starting outfielder. Seems hard to do, but Towers destroyed the farm system in Arizona just like he was accused of doing to the Padres.

  3. lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    THIS. Exactly this is the answer to the numbskulls on the posts yesterday about David Price asking why are we making such a big deal about a pitcher throwing at a hitter. What’s the big deal? No one ever really gets hurt! Umm, yeah they do. It’s cowardly, especially for AL pitchers who don’t have to bat, and it should be stopped.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      For the record, I am not saying Cueto threw at Pollock. I am just saying that anytime the ball gets in there, there is the potential for this to happen, and it should certainly never be happening intentionally.

      • cur'68 - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        For the record, this is me agreeing with what you wrote. In the real world its assault and I think baseball should treat it as such.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        This is simply a case of an unfortunate outcome as a result of a pitch being thrown inside.
        For a pitcher to be even remotely successful, he must throw inside.
        For what it’s worth, I do agree with your premise in regards to head hunting, specifically.

    • metalhead65 - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      if he was throwing at him why was he swinging at the pitch? this is why people who know nothing about baseball should stop whining about things they do not understand. it was an inside pitch that hit him by accident with no intent what so ever to hit him. they were up 5-0 at the time so he was not trying to hit him. if you ever played the game or watched it for more than 5 min. you would understand that not everybody who gets hit by a pitch is being thrown at. to bad it happens but it is part of the game. if he was throwing at him the diamondbacks pitcher would have hit a reds player in return which is also part of the game so deal with it!

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:35 AM

        Well, since I specifically stated that I didn’t say Cueto was throwing at him, your entire post is irrelevant. I’m sorry you felt the need to waste so much time writing it.

      • metalhead65 - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        well since you had to write a second post to clarify it and the guy behind you was comparing it to the rays redsox incident I am not the least bit sorry for having written it. sorry you felt you wasted your time reading it..

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        All I was trying to say was that several people posted yesterday that David Price launching fastballs at multiple Red Sox was no big deal because no one ever gets hurt from getting hit by pitches and I was using this as an example that they do. Sorry you couldn’t grasp that.

      • lukedunphysscienceproject - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        If I had read your other post first I would have realized that you were just an over-sensitive Reds fan who came on here specifically looking for someone blaming Cueto and thought you had found them. I actually like Johnny Cueto alot. Maybe some over sensitive D-back fan will come along later and blame him for Pollock’s injury and you can attack him instead. You know, say silly things like “if you ever played baseball or watched it for more than 5 minutes”.

      • cur'68 - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        It must be Dusty’s fault…somehow…some way…Dusty….

  4. metalhead65 - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    nice misleading headline there guys. make it look like Cueto was throwing at him when in fact the guy was swinging at the pitch that hit him. I could be wrong but I believe that if you are swinging at a pitch and get hit it is considered a strike and he should not have been given first base. they checked the replay to see if the pitch hit him and would not even consider that he was swinging at it at the time. the reds were up 5-0 at the time and Cueto was not trying to hit the guy. he had just walked the guy before him so what would be the point of hitting somebody and then having 2 guys on with 1 out? face it people sometimes guys just get hit by a pitch, it’s just part of the game unless you are a reds batter facing the pirates.

    • smith99301 - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      Just to answer your question, yes Pollock made a swinging motion when he was hit by the pitch. But just as in a check swing, his bat never crossed that imaginary line beyween no swing and swing. Therefore Pollock did not fulky commit to the swing and that is why he WAS awarded first base after review. If he had passed that imaginary line it would have been ruled a swing and the call would have been held up as a strike/foul ball. Your welcome.

  5. nottinghamforest13 - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Cueto the scumbag strikes again. He’ll get his someday.

    • thomas844 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      Do you watch baseball?

  6. beavertonsteve - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    If Pollock doesn’t swing at that pitch it’s doubtful it would have even hit him.

  7. rdlo56 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Reblogged this on Strike Four and commented:
    Sweet baby Jesus.

  8. thomas844 - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    “Johnny Cueto Broke AJ Pollock’s Hand”? More like, “AJ Pollock Swung at an Inside Pitch and Got His Hand Broken.”

  9. musketmaniac - Jun 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Finally an injury worthy of discussion.

  10. thiruc - Jun 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    If a pitch is on the inside, sometimes it does get too inside and hits the batsman. I cannot think of anyway that the pitcher was trying to hit him purposefully. If a pitcher wants to hurt a batsman, he would throw at this head.

    The kind of injury Pollock suffered is unfortunate, but that is baseball.

  11. saints97 - Jun 1, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    This is in no way on Cueto. Now, had he walked over to him afterward and stomped him in the head with his spikes, then that would be on Cueto.

  12. watt04 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    You either have to be a complete diamondback homer fan or have absolutely no baseball knowledge if you think his broken hand is Cuetos fault. I’m 1000% percent positive he was swinging at the pitch and couldn’t get out if his own way. Unfortunate for the d -backs, but not the pitchers fault.

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