Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock will not resume baseball activities for at least three months and possibly the entire season because of a broken elbow he suffered last week, according to Dr. Don Sheridan, the Diamondbacks orthopedic hand specialist.
Pollock, who fractured his right elbow on a headfirst slide into home plate April 1 in an exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals, had surgery on his elbow Tuesday. During the procedure, a plate was inserted on the tip of the injured elbow. Pollock was placed on the 60-day DL.
Sheridan said the injury was related to Pollock's season-ending broken elbow in 2010. Pollock dealt with elbow discomfort in spring training, and an X-ray revealed that a screw from his 2010 surgery was broken. He was allowed to play through the issue but then suffered another fracture in his first game back.
"He freshly broke through an area of the bone that had been broken before but never healed," Sheridan said. He said the screw probably broke because the metal was stressed due to the unhealed bone.
The Diamondbacks on Saturday tweeted a picture revealing the broken screw in Pollock's elbow.
The plate/screws inside A.J. Pollock's right elbow. pic.twitter.com/ZZa1eTlav7— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) April 9, 2016
"We actually took an X-ray of it, and it kind of shocked me," Pollock told reporters Saturday. "The screw was broken. It was something I was confident I was going to play with. I guess the bone healing stuff, I know the doc really wants that to heal. I played six years with it not fused. It's completely doable."
Pollock added that the new plate and screws that were inserted in his elbow are "a lot more in-depth than the last one I had."
Sheridan said the healing process is "very difficult" when the bone hasn't healed before, but he is optimistic. Pollock also said he is hopeful.
"I feel really good about it," he said. "I was confident about what we were doing this time and this process and this surgery."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.