Tony Abreu Suffers Gruesome Injury

Tony Abreu Suffers Gruesome Injury

Infielder Tony Abreu suffered an injury to his left hand during a tag play at second base yesterday, and the initial prognosis is not good. Utility man Ryan Roberts will likely return to the majors after he led the Arizona Diamondbacks in on-base percentage last season.

The Diamondbacks lost more than a perfect homestand when they fell to Toronto in the final game of the first series of interleague play Sunday.

The D-backs lost infielder Tony Abreu for an indefinite period with what was initially diagnosed as a sprained left wrist, but to listen to manager A.J. Hinch after the D-backs' 10-4, the injury appears to be very complicated.

"He is not doing great," Hinch revealed. "His hands are pretty messed up, and he hurt his forearm. It could be broken, and we are going to have more tests."

Abreu, who is hitting .313 and has been a productive reserve behind shortstop Stephen Drew and second baseman Kelly Johnson, is to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan on Monday. He doubled and scored in the first inning Sunday, and it appears that a best-case scenario would be an absence that is confined to the 15-day disabled list.

Abreu, who started at second base Sunday, was injured when he applied a tag on Toronto catcher Jose Molina, who was attempting to stretch a single to left field into a double. Molina slid hard into the bag, and after making the tag Abreu immediately jumped to his feet and ran into short center field in obvious pain. After a visit from trainer Dave Edwards, Abreu was removed, replaced by Augie Ojeda.

The top candidates to replace Abreu appear to be Reno's Ryan Roberts or Pedro Ciriaco, both infielders, although outfielder Cole Gillespie also could be considered. No move needs to be made until Tuesday because of an off day Monday.

Abreu, 25, is hitting .345 against lefties overall and .394 against left-handed starters. He missed the 2008 season after undergoing hip surgery on May 28, 2008. He played only eight spring training games before being sidelined.

BLUE JAYS 12, DIAMONDBACKS 4: CF Chris Young homered and singled, driving in two runs, but it was not enough to counter a Toronto offense that hit two homers -- numbers 9 and 10 in the three-game series. The D-backs lost for the first time in its short five-game homestand. RHP Billy Buckner, making his second start in the fifth spot in the rotation, was roughed up for eight runs, seven earned, and left after failing to retire any of the five batters he faced in the Blue Jays' five-run fifth.

SNAKE BYTES

--RHP Kris Benson (shoulder) is scheduled to make a rehab start for Class AAA Reno in Albuquerque on Monday, when he is to throw about four innings or 60 pitches, manager A.J. Hinch said. Benson will need at least one more rehab start before the D-backs consider bringing him back to the majors, Hinch said, indicating "performance, the crispness of his stuff and the need" for a starter at the major league level will factor into Benson's return.

--RHP Billy Buckner, despite giving up eight runs (seven earned) in four-plus innings Sunday, will remain in the rotation for his scheduled start Saturday in San Francisco, manager A.J. Hinch indicated. All five starters will pitch on five days' rest this time through because of Monday's off day.

--C Chris Snyder and his wife, Carla, welcomed their third child, Trevor, into the world Saturday afternoon. Credit mother and child with exceptional timing; RHP Edwin Jackson started Saturday night, and since C John Hester has caught Jackson's last five starts, Snyder was scheduled for a day off Saturday. Snyder has played in 31 of the D-backs' 39 games since C Miguel Montero (right knee) suffered torn meniscus on April 10.

--The D-backs were 8-for-11 with runners in scoring position in their 8-5 victory over Toronto on Saturday night, scoring all their runs in the first two innings. The .727 RISP percentage tied for the highest in the majors this season with Washington (8-11, May 13), according to Elias.

DIAMOND STAT: 4 -- Consecutive games in which the D-backs scored at least eight runs last week, tying a franchise record for the second-longest such streak. They scored at least eight  in seven straight games in 1999, when they won the NL West.

QUOTABLE: "We're playing better baseball. We've got our confidence back a little bit." -- D-backs manager A.J. Hinch, after a 4-1 homestand.


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