Conor Jackson Placed on DL
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D-backs left fielder Conor Jackson came up limping after catching a fly ball in the bottom of the seventh inning of the D-backs’ game against the San Diego Padres Sunday, and the resulting injury has landed him on the 15-day disabled list.
The issue seems to be a strained hamstring, and the team’s medical staff, Hinch said, didn’t seem terribly concerned. However, with a few players including first baseman Adam LaRoche playing at less than 100 percent, the team can’t take the risk of playing short-handed.
“We’re not afforded the luxury of playing short for that long,” Hinch said. “We’ve got some guys playing with some injuries, so we’ve got to put Conor on the DL. Given how these leg things work, it’s early in the season so we’re going to be smart about it.”
Because the injury doesn’t seem too serious at this point, it is possible Jackson could be ready to go before his 15 days are up, in which case the team could have him play in a minor league rehab game and activate him immediately.
In a corresponding move, the team recalled right-handed relief pitcher Esmerling Vasquez.
“Until our bullpen stabilizes, and we’re able to feel good about our pitching, at least the volume which they’re pitching, we’re going to bring an extra pitcher back,” Hinch said.
Vasquez will be available in the bullpen tonight.