PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks’ dismal season got worse Saturday with the news that All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has a fractured left hand.
Goldschmidt, runner-up in National League MVP voting last season, was hurt when he was hit by a pitch from Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning of Friday night’s 9-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Diamondbacks have placed Goldschmidt on the 15-day DL and there was no word on how long he is expected to be sidelined.
Despite his team’s woes, Goldschmidt is among the NL leaders in several hitting categories.
He leads the league in doubles and extra-base hits, is tied for first in runs scored, is second in total bases and is third in RBIs and walks. Voted a starter by fans in this year’s All-Star Game, is batting .300 with 19 home runs.
Around the leagues
The Cleveland Indians unveiled a statue Saturday to honor Jim Thome, the franchise’s leader in home runs. Thome hit 337 homers for Cleveland, playing for the Indians from 1991-2002 and again in 2011. Left-hander Paul Maholm has been placed on the 15-day DL the Dodgers because of a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. A baseball fan injured his arm after falling over a railing above an outfield wall before a game at the New York Mets’ stadium. The Mets released a statement saying a fan fell from the stands and was taken to a hospital.