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Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson indicated Tuesday that A.J. Pollock (hand) could be ready to begin a rehab assignment on August 1.

Making his way back from surgery to repair a fractured right hand, Pollock is close to resuming baseball activities. The August 1 timetable for a rehab assignment sounds right, as the D'Backs had looked at mid-August as a possible return date for the outfielder. He was batting .316/.366/.554 with six homers, 15 RBI and eight steals before breaking his hand in late May.

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A.J. Pollock underwent successful surgery Monday to have a plate and screws inserted into his fractured right hand.

The D'Backs said they don't expect Pollock to be ready for baseball activities for another eight weeks, so he probably can't realistically be expected to return until at least mid-August. It's a shame for a guy who was well on his way to a breakout season.

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Diamondbacks placed OF A.J. Pollock on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured right hand.

Pollock suffered the injury when he was hit by a Johnny Cueto pitch in the eighth inning Saturday. It's not clear at this point how long he'll be out, but it's a big blow to the D'Backs given how well Pollock had played lately. David Peralta has replaced him on the roster.

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A.J. Pollock suffered a fractured right hand when he was hit on the hand by a Johnny Cueto pitch in the eighth inning Saturday.

That's a killer injury for a Diamondbacks team that's been playing a little better. Pollock had been the team's best player of late, and the Diamondbacks have just one other viable starting outfielder with Mark Trumbo out, that being Gerardo Parra. Hopefully, they'll finally start using Martin Prado in the outfield now, with Eric Chavez playing a lot of third base against righties. If they're not willing to go that route, they'll be using a lot of Cody Ross, Ender Inciarte and Alfredo Marte in the corners.

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A.J. Pollock went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base Friday against the Reds.

While Goldschmidt has been Goldschmidt, it's Pollock who has been the Diamondbacks' best player this month, hitting .372 with three homers, three triples and nine doubles in 86 at-bats. Fortunately, that's been good enough to get him back into the leadoff spot on a regular basis. He was expected to occupy that spot originally, but manager Kirk Gibson decided to start using Gerardo Parra there instead, sending Pollock's fantasy value plummeting in April. It's come all of the way back now, obviously.

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A.J. Pollock finished 2-for-4 with a double, triple, steal and two runs scored in a 4-0 victory over the Reds on Thursday.

Pollock has thanked manager Kirk Gibson for the ride up the lineup into the leadoff slot by raking over the past few days. He's 8-for-16 (.500) with five extra-base hits over his past four games. Pollock supports a robust .306/.355/.535 slash with six homers and seven steals in 170 at-bats. Gibson has indicated Pollock could remain in the leadoff slot for the foreseeable future.

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A.J. Pollock hit leadoff for the Diamondbacks for the third straight game Tuesday.

Pollock has spent most of the season towards the bottom of the order, but with a .290/.339/.500 batting line he could no longer be denied a move up. Manager Kirk Gibson indicated that the outfielder could stay in the leadoff spot for a while. "I don't know if I've settled in (with Pollock atop the lineup)," Gibson said ". But one of the things that's good about him is he's shown the ability to hit the ball out of the ballpark. He' shown good power. He also gets on base and can steal a base for you. You know he's going to settle up there somewhere at some point in his career and we're getting to that point."

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A.J. Pollock smacked a walk-off two-run homer in the ninth to sink the Padres in Monday's 7-5 victory.

Pollock blasted Kevin Quackenbush's offering over the right center field wall, his first career walk-off. The 26-year-old, who may have become a fourth outfielder were it not for Mark Trumbo's injury, has been a pleasant surprise over the first two months, slashing .296/.337/.509 with six homers and six steals over 47 games.

A. J. Pollock CF ARI 2 Months

A.J. Pollock homered and tripled as part of a four-hit night Saturday against the Dodgers.

Pollock got the start in the leadoff spot tonight against a left-hander and made the most of it. He was originally expected to occupy that spot on a regular basis this year, but he's started just 10 games there, compared to 30 for Gerardo Parra. That he's spent so much time hitting low in a poor lineup has hurt his fantasy value. However, he's played well, especially for a guy who was supposed to become a fourth outfielder after Cody Ross was activated.

A. J. Pollock CF ARI 2 Months

A.J. Pollock finished 2-for-4 with a two-run homer off Jordan Zimmermann in Monday's loss against Washington.

Pollock is riding a nice little six-game hitting streak in which he's spiked his average from .256 to .286. In those six contests, he's stolen five bags and added two doubles and a triple, in addition to tonight's production. His current .839 OPS is almost 100 points higher than his career mark of .740.