The Arizona Republic

Hazen: Pollock still 2 weeks from return

- NICK PIECORO

A.J. Pollock continues to make progress from his groin injury, but General Manager Mike Hazen said the Diamondbac­ks center fielder still could be two weeks away from returning from the disabled list.

“Obviously, we’re going to make sure we do this the right way,” Hazen said. “We want him back as soon as possible but we want to make sure he’s back 100 percent.”

Pollock has resumed light baseball activities, but he’s still a week to 10 days away from beginning a minor league rehab assignment, Hazen said.

He said a return in about two weeks is “a rough estimate of what we’re looking at.”

Unlike a year ago, the Diamondbac­ks haven’t missed a beat without their former All-Star center fielder. In the 15 games he’s missed entering Wednesday, the Diamondbac­ks were 11-4, averaging five runs per game.

They’ve covered his absence more by the performanc­e of those around him rather than his direct replacemen­ts. Gregor Blanco (9 for 33) and Rey Fuentes (5 for 28) are hitting a combined .230 while playing center field in Pollock’s absence.

“Everyone is going to lose players,” Hazen said. “You never want to, but you’re going to. But I think the way Gregor and Rey have sort of stepped into that have kept us where we are and the rest of our club has picked up the slack in terms of offensive output and playing the game the right way.”

D-Backs prospect Chisholm undergoes knee surgery

Diamondbac­ks prospect Jasrado Chisholm underwent potentiall­y seasonendi­ng knee surgery earlier this month, Hazen said.

Chisholm has a “bucket-handle” tear of his meniscus, which Hazen described as being more involved than a typical tear.

Though Chisholm could have played through the injury, Hazen said, the club felt doing so wasn’t worth the risk involved.

“There was a heightened risk of something more significan­t having to be done at the end of the season if he damaged it more,” Hazen said. “We just felt it wasn’t worth increasing the risk that something else could happen. This is a very simple, basic procedure in that, yeah, we were going to lose a few months, but we weren’t going to risk anything further.”

Chisholm, a shortstop whom scouts regarded as perhaps the Diamondbac­ks’ best position player prospect entering the year, was off to a slow start with Low-A Kane County, hitting .248 with a .683 OPS, though he had been hitting better just prior to the injury.

Chisholm is likely to miss the rest of the season, though he should be able to make up for lost at-bats in the winter during instructio­nal league, Hazen said.

Chase Field humidor could be ready in a month

Hazen said the club’s new climatecon­trolled humidor is still under constructi­on at Chase Field, but he said it could be completed, tested and fully operationa­l within a month.

“As long as everything continues to go on schedule and the testing goes the way it needs to,” Hazen said. “We still have to make sure everything is working properly.”

Hazen said baseballs have to be stored in the humidor for two weeks before they can be used in games.

“And if they come out and don’t get used they have to go back in there,” he said.

He said experts from the University of Massachuse­tts-Lowell will oversee the testing process.

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