D-backs place Paul Goldschmidt on 15-day DL with fractured left hand

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – The Arizona Diamondbacks placed Paul Goldschmidt on the 15-day disabled list list due to a fractured left hand suffered in a 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The all-star first baseman was hit by a fastball from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning.

The D-backs’ Twitter page released the news about Goldschmidt’s status on the DL list.

“OFFICIAL: #Dbacks place 1B Paul Goldschmidt on 15-day disabled list (fractured left hand), recall OF Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno.”

Goldschmidt finished the game and tried to ignore the ailing hand.

The all-star kept his hopes high hoping it was nothing serious and maintained a positive attitude.

According to manager Kirk Gibson, a timetable is yet to be determined for Goldschmidt’s return.

The 26-year-old aims to do everything to speed up his recovery to return quickly.

“I’ll work hard at the rehab, and if there’s a way to speed it up as much as I can while being smart about it, I’ll do anything that they’ll allow.”

Gibson added, “It hurts. He’s one of our best players, for sure. One of the best players in the league.”

Outfielder Alfredo Marte from Triple-A Reno will replace Goldschimdt.

Mark Trumbo is also viewed as a replacement candidate.

Goldschimdt is hitting 300/.396/.542 (158 OPS+) with 19 homers, 69 RBI and nine stolen bases.

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