The Diamondbacks announced that they’ve placed center fielder A.J. Pollock on the 10-day disabled list due to a right groin strain and selected the contract of fellow outfielder Reymond Fuentes from Triple-A Reno. In order to clear a spot for Fuentes on the 40-man roster, Arizona has designated right-hander Enrique Burgos for assignment.
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The loss of Pollock, even for a brief time, is a tough blow for a D-backs club that has gotten off to a strong 21-18 start. The 29-year-old Pollock’s early play has been a big factor in Arizona’s winning record, as he’s slashed .299/.337/.455 with a pair of homers and 11 stolen bases through his first 163 plate appearances. To this point, Arizona hasn’t put any sort of timetable on Pollock’s recovery.
Burgos, 26, spent the majority of the 2015-16 seasons in the Arizona bullpen, but he struggled to consistently retire Major League hitters despite excellent fastball velocity. Though he averages nearly 96 mph on his heater and has punched out 82 batters in 68 1/3 Major League innings (10.8 K/9), he’s also averaged five walks per nine innings and generated grounders at a below-average 38.7 percent clip. Overall, he’s logged just a 5.27 ERA as a big leaguer.
Burgos turned in a stellar 1.95 ERA in 27 2/3 innings with Arizona’s Triple-A affiliate in 2016, but he’s registered a bleak 6.23 ERA with a lackluster 13-to-11 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings with Reno’s bullpen thus far in 2017.
Fuentes, on the other hand, has been excellent in Reno, hitting .376/.403/.481 with eight doubles, three triples and nine steals in nine attempts to open the year. Fuentes was once a well-regarded outfield prospect that went from Boston to San Diego (alongside Anthony Rizzo) as part of the 2010 Adrian Gonzalez blockbuster. However, he’s stumbled more often than not in the upper minors and also hasn’t produced in his 80 MLB plate appearances to date. Fuentes can play all three outfield spots, so he and veteran Gregor Blanco could slot into the mix in center field with Pollock on the shelf. Chris Owings also has some experience in center field, so the D-backs could give him a look there on occasion and turn to Nick Ahmed at shortstop on those days.