Druw Jones suffers shoulder injury days after signing with Arizona Diamondbacks

Druw Jones, the second overall pick in this month’s MLB draft, injured his shoulder Monday during his first batting practice with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, the team said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how serious the injury was, but Jones would miss the rest of the season if he needed surgery. He should undergo additional tests.

Jones settled with Arizona last week for a bonus of $8,189,400, the slot value for second choice, and was featured at Chase Field over the weekend.

Druw is the son of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones. He was the top pick in the draft according to ESPN rankings and finished 24th in the minor league top 100.

His injury continues an odd trend of freak injuries and shoulder injuries among the Diamondbacks’ recent high picks. In 2015, after signing but before joining a minor league affiliate, first overall draft picker Dansby Swanson was hit in the face with a fastball in a simulated game, suffering a concussion and requiring 14 stitches .

In 2021, sixth overall pick Jordan Lawlar played two professional games after signing and then missed the remainder of the season due to shoulder surgery required after diving for a ball. At the start of the 2021 season, 2019 first-round pick Corbin Carroll had season-ending shoulder surgery in game seven of the season, which he suffered on a home run swing. Carroll had not played an official game in the 2020 season as the pandemic canceled the minor league season.

Carroll and Lawlar are both still among baseball’s top 25 prospects. Swanson is now a star shortstop for the Braves.

Jones rose to fame earlier this year for a viral home run as the rival crowd chanted “overrated.”

The Athletic first reported Jones’ injury on Tuesday.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34299277/druw-jones-suffers-shoulder-injury-says-signing-arizona-diamondbacks Druw Jones suffers shoulder injury days after signing with Arizona Diamondbacks

Emma Bowman

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