Arizona Diamondbacks all-star outfielder Corbin Carroll avoided a serious shoulder injury and is on the starting lineup for Friday night’s game against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
Carroll ended Thursday’s 9-0 loss to the New York Mets in the seventh inning after injuring his shoulder on a swing and miss. He underwent an MRI scan on Friday, which was negative.
“The MRI showed nothing,” Arizona coach Torey Lovullo said before Friday’s game. “What happened – everyone wants to know. He felt a kind of feeling that I’m told is similar to a spike in football… It’s something that scared Corbin and scared us all.”
“It was a given to bring him out at this point in the game and in this situation to gauge him and he’s in the line-up today.”
Carroll is second and plays in midfield. He described what he felt on the seventh inning swing.
“I made a swing and on the backswing I felt my shoulder move and a shocking tingling sensation ran down my arm and my hand went numb,” Carroll said. “I held it in my hand and thought it was coming out of the socket. I almost thought the season was over.”
It was the second time in seven days that Carroll had injured his right shoulder. It’s the same shoulder he had surgery in 2021.
Lovullo said Carroll’s history of right shoulder problems meant the 22-year-old star knew immediately there was a problem.
“He’s got a surgically repaired shoulder and when something’s not quite right, I think – because he feels and understands things – that upsets him,” Lovullo said.
Carroll bats .290 with 18 home runs, 46 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 83 games. He is the leading contender for National League Rookie of the Year and is mentioned in the MVP race.
Carroll is also looking forward to Tuesday’s All-Star Game, taking place in his hometown of Seattle.
Arizona also made a number of moves on Friday, promoting outfielder Dominic Canzone and right-hander Justin Martinez from Triple-A Reno, moving outfielder Dominic Fletcher to Reno, putting right-hander Drey Jameson (elbow) on the 15-day injured list and appointing the Left-hander Konnor Pilkington used.
Lovullo said he’s worried about Jameson, who delivered three innings of relief in Thursday’s game against the Mets.