Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann will undergo season-ending wrist surgery on Tuesday, reports FanRag Sports’ Jack Magruder (Twitter link). Herrmann broke two bones in his left wrist while attempting to steal on Friday.
Herrmann was an effective piece of the Diamondbacks’ offense in his first year with the club, though injuries weighed him down. Earlier this week, he returned from a hamstring issue that had sidelined him since the middle of July. Arizona acquired Herrmann from the Twins for minor league outfielder/first baseman Daniel Palka in November, and the 28-year-old unexpectedly slashed .284/.352/.493 with six home runs and four steals across 166 plate appearances. At the time the D-backs traded for Herrmann, he was a .181/.249/.280 hitter in 389 major league PAs. Fresh off his most productive season, he’ll be eligible for arbitration for the first time during the upcoming winter.
The rest-of-season outlook for one of Herrmann’s teammates, star center fielder A.J. Pollock, isn’t as bleak. Pollock, like Herrmann, left the Diamondbacks’ game Friday with an injury. In his case, it’s a groin strain. He’ll have to wait a week before starting rehab, per Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, but a return before year’s end is possible (Twitter link). Pollock had been out from the start of the season until late August thanks to a fractured elbow. Between his Aug. 26 activation and Friday, he batted .244/.326/.390 with two homers and four steals in 46 trips to the plate.