A.J. Pollock injury: Diamondbacks outfielder undergoes hand surgery, will miss 8 weeks

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Pollock was cruising before being hit on the right hand by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.

Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock underwent surgery on his right hand after it was broken after being hit by a pitch. Pollock had screws inserted into his hand and is expected to resume baseball activities in eight weeks, according to Fox Sports Arizona's Jack Magruder.

The Diamondbacks season has been a disappointment, but Pollock has not.

The 26-year-old was hitting .316/.366/.554 with 6 home runs, 15 runs batted in, and eight stolen bases. He has added elite defense in center field to the mix as well. In 2013 and the 52 games he has appeared in so far in 2014, Pollock has posted 23 defensive runs saved and a UZR/150 of 25.5. Only Carlos Gomez has put up better numbers as a center fielder.

With Pollock sidelined, Ender Inciarte got the start in center on Sunday. Gerardo Parra is a Gold Glove right fielder, but Arizona could move him to center -- especially to accommodate Mark Trumbo's return, though he's not expected back until the third week of June.

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