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Diamond Cuts: An Aversion To Avulsions

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Paul Goldschmidt

The Diamondbacks season has been a major disappointment and now their most consistent offensive weapon is done for the season. Goldschmidt was hit in the left hand by a pitch late in Friday's loss to the Pirates. X-rays later revealed a fractured fourth metacarpal, the bone of the hand located directly below the ring finger. The injury is often referred to as a Boxer's fracture as it commonly occurs following a punch. However in a true Boxer's fracture the bone snaps because it's overloaded with an axial force. In Goldschmidt's case, the mechanism of injury was a direct blow. This actually helped the Arizona slugger avoid surgery as the bone did not displace and remained broken but aligned. While this has to be considered a win, it doesn't mean much for his availability this year. The Diamondbacks have set his recovery and rehab at a reasonable eight weeks, effectively ending his season. He's worth stashing if you have the room but can be droppe

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