Diamondbacks Lose Infielder Abreu, Promote Roberts

During the finale with the Toronto Blue Jays the Diamondbacks started Tony Abreu at second base giving Kelly Johnson a much deserved day off. Toronto catcher Jose Molina came barreling into second as Abreu attempted a tag.

Abreu’s left wrist was bent backwards from the force of the large catcher’s slide. Abreu leapt back flinging his glove off obviously in a tremendous amount of pain. Diamondbacks trainers came out to look at the injury.

Abreu left the game immediately with what was described as a sprained left wrist. Initial X-rays showed no fracture but due to swelling they could not tell much more. Clearly Abreu would be going on to the disabled list the question was for how long?

The Diamondbacks placed Abreu on the DL and called up infielder Ryan Roberts who was last seen at Chase Field during the final Spring Training game when he was sent to Triple-A Reno as the final cut to the Opening Day roster.

Roberts will get playing opportunities at shortstop and second base as well as coming off the bench as a pinch hitter much like his role last season. Roberts has been working hard in Reno honing his skills especially situational hitting with runners in scoring position where he hit just .197 last season.

The Diamondbacks will not know how long Roberts will be in the big leagues. That will depend upon the news they receive after Abreu meets with well-known hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan on Friday. By that time the team is hoping the swelling has subsided enough to get an assessment of whether Abreu suffered ligament damage or if this truly is just a wrist sprain.

In other injury related news, left-handed reliever Clay Zavada has undergone elbow surgery on his pitching arm. Zavada who struggled through much of Spring Training and in Reno underwent “Tommy John” surgery which has a recovery time of approximately a year meaning he will not realistically pitch again until mid-2011.

Zavada was a great story last season coming from seemingly nowhere to capture the hearts of Diamondbacks fans with his down-home personality and great mustache. Zavada had elbow-ligament replacement procedure and will spend the remainder of the year rehabilitating his arm in hopes of returning to the Diamondbacks bullpen before the All-Star break next year.


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