Bad Breaks of Spring

During the second inning of the final home spring training game at Tucson Electric Park, Matt Williams broke the second metatarsal bone in his right foot. Williams being the gamer that he is, completed the at bat by lining hard to the center fielder. After the out, Williams was taken to a local hospital for x-rays before returning to Phoenix to meet with team physicians. The break was a non-displacement injury meaning no surgery will be required. Team doctors are confident Matt will be able to return in 6 to 8 weeks. This is a tremendous blow to the Diamondbacks as Williams is looked at both as the clean-up hitter and more importantly as the clubhouse leader. In the third inning, Williams was replaced by Lenny Harris who will most likely be Matt’s replacement during his absence. Others who may get playing time at third base are Greg Colbrunn and Hanley Frias. Andy Fox, who would have been the back-up third baseman is still healing from a broken hand. Fox is expected to be sidelined until at least mid-April.

On more encouraging news, it appears the Diamondbacks have made a decision on their last pitching roster spot. Mike Morgan who signed a minor league contract and was invited to spring training as a non-roster invitee appears to have won the job. Although no one has officially notified Morgan yet, several coaches from within the Diamondbacks and other Cactus League participants have been asked to help Morgan find housing in the Phoenix area. Morgan has pitched well this spring allowing only one walk. He will add valuable depth to the bullpen and bring experience that will help the younger players. He can also be used as an emergency starter in case of injury giving Buck Showalter more versatility. This will be very valuable during the first month of the season as the Diamondbacks play 20 days straight without a day off.

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