UPDATE: Eaton out 6-8 weeks, Parra likely to start in CF
Some bad news for Osprey fans came out of Arizona Diamondbacks’ camp this week, when it was announced that outfielder Adam Eaton (2010) would miss the first six weeks, possibly more, with an injury to his left elbow.
Eaton was batting .390 this spring, with 23 hits and 10 RBIs in 59 at-bats. The club’s timeline puts the outfielder back with the D-backs around the beginning of May. However, Eaton is saying he will do whatever it takes to get himself back as soon as possible. He will not have to wait long to swing the bat, and will take some at-bats in Extended Spring Training while working his arm back into shape and preparing for a rehab assignment.
This will mean that it’s certain that Gerardo Parra (2006) will be in the Opening Day lineup, and that there is a possibility that another outfielder will be called up to take Eaton’s place for now on the 25-man roster. That depends on the health of Cody Ross, who is healing from a calf injury, but has not played in a game since March 3. Ross, however, has taken some at-bats in minor-league camp and could be ready in time for Opening Day. In a pinch, Martin Prado and Willie Bloomquist could play in the outfield as well.
– One more note: The Arizona Diamondbacks traded infielder John McDonald away, then turned around and added former Osprey infielder Josh Parr (2011) to the 40-man roster. Parr had a single in his first Cactus League at-bat on Friday, and will be likely headed to either Class A Advanced Visalia or higher. Parr was drafted as a shortstop, but will likely be mostly used as a second baseman this season.