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Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb might need season-ending surgery to repair rotator cuff

Posted at 10:27 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 01:27:34-04

Despite reclaiming the National League West division lead, the news wasn't all good for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, as third baseman Jake Lamb might require season-ending surgery to repair his rotator cuff, manager Torey Lovullo said.

After Tuesdays' 6-0 win over the Texas Rangers, Lovullo revealed Lamb has some fraying in his rotator cuff, and surgery is on the table. But Lovullo said the decision will ultimately be up to Lamb.

"We're going to huddle up over the next couple days, over the next 48 hours, and figure out what the next best plan is," Lovullo said. "There's a conservative route and there's a surgical route... If surgery's the option, I think he would be out for the year. If we go the conservative route, there's a chance he could return."

The 27-year-old Lamb is batting .222 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 56 games in 2018, but he has missed significant time this season due to shoulder injuries. He was an All-Star Game selection in 2017 when he hit 30 home runs and recorded 105 RBIs.

Lamb went on the 10-day disabled list last week after suffering a left shoulder injury vs. the Cubs.

The D-backs acquired infielder Eduardo Escobar in a trade with the Minnesota Twins last week. Escobar has played third base for the D-backs in Lamb's absence.