Corbin Carroll looks to lead D-backs past Pirates

worry about the right shoulder of Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star Corbin Carroll didn’t even last 24 hours

Carroll was surprisingly back in the lineup on Friday night and is expected to be included again on Saturday. diamondbacks face pittsburgh pirates in the middle contest of the three-game set in Phoenix

Carroll left Thursday’s loss to the New York Mets after injuring his shoulder while swinging and missing a pitch in the seventh inning. This is the same shoulder he had surgery on in 2021 and it had multiple limb repairs diamondbacks organizations including Carroll were highly concerned

Carroll said before Friday’s game, “There was a lot of thought that the season was over.” “I was so crushed.”

Carroll was relieved when the MRI report came back positive on Friday, as it was the second time in seven days that he had injured his shoulder. Perhaps more surprising was that Carroll successfully lobbied his way into Friday’s starting lineup.

Carroll, 22, went 2 of 5 with two runs and two steals to help Arizona snap a four-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory.

Carroll is batting .291 with 18 homers, 47 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 84 games. He is the leading Rookie of the Year candidate and is being mentioned in the MVP race.

Another Arizona All-Star outfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was the big star in the series opener. homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs.

“I was centering myself in the middle of the diamond and it worked well,” Gurriel said through the interpreter of his 15th homer, a three-run shot off Rich Hill.

Pittsburgh has lost six of its last seven games.

Pirates Have lost by three or more runs five times during the stretch. Although the club only got six hits on Friday, manager Derek Shelton said he was pleased with the club’s offense

“It’s about sticking with it and keeping getting better,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “We have to keep building on it.”

Carlos Santana took home a two-run single on Friday. Tucupita Marcano’s RBI single contributed the team’s second run.

Pittsburgh All-Star right-hander Mitch Keller (9-4, 3.52 ERA) will aim to put pressure on diamondbacks on Saturday

Keller has made a huge difference this season. His record in four seasons was 12–29 entering the 2023 campaign.

Making the All-Star team is a big deal for the 27-year-old, though he doesn’t want to say he’s arrived.

“The game immediately humbles you as soon as you say you’ve made it,” Keller said. “Just trying to be the same guy. Really cool intro.”

Keller received a no decision on May 20 against Arizona when he struck out eight and allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.

The rest of the times he faced off he single-handedly won diamondbacks and has a 3.97 ERA in 11 1/3 innings against him. Keitel is 3-for-6 with a homer against Marte Keller.

Pittsburgh placed outfielder Andrew McCutchen (elbow) and third baseman KeBrian Hayes (lower back) on the 10-day injured list. Hayes was activated to play in Thursday’s loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers before placing himself back on the injured list a day later.

McCutchen has been battling elbow soreness and it flared up again on Thursday.

diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo said right-hander Kyle Nelson (4-1, 2.76) will serve as Saturday’s opener. He has made 38 relief appearances this season in a total of 32 2/3 innings.

Nelson, who celebrates his 27th birthday on Saturday, made one start last season, pitching one inning against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Nelson is 1–0 with a 20.25 ERA in three career games against Pittsburgh.

–Field Level Media

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