Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock exited the second game of a rehab assignment Monday with Triple-A Reno due to right quad tightness and is considered day-t0-day, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Pollock was placed on the 10-day disabled list on May 15 with a right groin strain and played in the first game of his scheduled rehab assignment Saturday, going 1-for-2 with a double and a walk. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Sunday that Pollock was going to be reevaluated before he made his second rehab appearance.
This is certainly a troublesome sign for the 29-year-old outfielder, who missed nearly all of last season due to a fractured right elbow suffered at the end of spring training. Pollock had a slash line of .299/.337/.455 with two home runs, 11 RBIs and 11 stolen bases before hitting the disabled list. He had a breakout 2015 season, hitting .315 with 20 homers, 76 RBIs and 39 stolen bases, while also making his first All-Star Game appearance.
The Diamondbacks, who entered Monday one game back of the Colorado Rockies for first place in the National League West, selected Pollock in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Notre Dame.
Rey Fuentes and Gregor Blanco have taken over in center field for Arizona during Pollock’s absence. Blanco entered Monday hitting .280 in 93 at-bats this season while Fuentes was hitting .239 in 67 at-bats.
Blanco has been working primarily as the team’s everyday left fielder of late with Yasmany Tomas also on the 10-day disabled list. Arizona also has Jeremy Hazelbaker for its outfield, among others.