The Arizona Diamondbacks have made their first roster move of the season. Third baseman Jake Lamb went on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left AC joint before Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field.
The 27-year-old Lamb ranged to his left near the line, dove, and caught a pop fly off the bat of the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in the ninth inning of Monday’s 15-inning game.
Lamb knew he jammed his shoulder, saying to reporters “I kind of just dove for the ball and felt my shoulder jam up.”
“It was killing me the rest of the game,” he said. “Whether it was adrenaline or whatever, I wanted to keep going. I woke up and it was really tight this morning. I think (being placed on the DL is) the best decision for me and the team.”
Lamb had three more at-bats, including scoring the game-tying run in the 15th after hitting a single with one out. But, he may have further aggravated his shoulder sliding headfirst into home plate.The @Dbacks lost a pivotal piece of their offense on Tuesday as third baseman Jake Lamb was placed on the DL.Click To Tweet
A Huge Loss at the Dish
Manager Torey Lovullo told reporters he hopes 10 days will do the trick, but it is not unrealistic to think he could be out for three weeks.
Lamb had started the season 5-for-18 (.278) with a double and 5 RBIs in four games. He usually hits cleanup for Lovullo against right-handers and despite his struggles against lefties, Lamb is still an integral part of the D-Backs ability to score runs.
After hitting 30 home runs and driving in 105 last season, the D-Backs can ill-afford to lose him for an extended period of time.
Daniel Descalso and Deven Marrero should get the majority of starts at third base. Utility man Chris Owings will still get starts in right field and probably will end up playing some second and third base.
When outfielder Steven Souza Jr. went on the disabled list, the D-Backs acquired Marrero on March 24 to have an extra infielder, likely for situations like an injury.
Right-hander Matt Koch was recalled from Triple-A Reno to take Lamb’s spot on the roster. Koch competed for an opening day roster spot in the bullpen during spring training. After a marathon game, the D-Backs could use an extra pitcher for the rest of the series, but this could be a short-term move.