Diamondbacks hoping for the best with Carson Kelly injury

Nick Piecoro
Arizona Republic
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Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly (18) reacts after getting hit in the hand against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning at Camelback Ranch-Glendale in Phoenix on March 20, 2023.

Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly was hit by a pitch on the right forearm and exited Monday afternoon’s game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale.

Speaking with reporters perhaps a half-hour later, Kelly was in significant pain and seemed barely able to move his arm.

“It hurts — really badly. That’s about it,” Kelly said, when asked what he knew about the injury so far. “Pitch up and in. Tried to get out of the way. It hit me pretty square. That’s all we know right now.”

Kelly, who has battled injuries each of the past two years, was asked about his level of concern.

“It’s not minimal,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I’ve been hit up there before and it’s never fun. You just don’t know. I’m hoping for the best.”

Kelly was expected to undergo X-rays on Monday afternoon, manager Torey Lovullo said. The results of the tests were not immediately known.

“When he comes out of the game, I’m very concerned,” Lovullo said. “We’ll hope for good news.”

Kelly was expected to be the club’s primary catcher, ahead of Gabriel Moreno, who was acquired in December in the Daulton Varsho deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Diamondbacks seemed likely to let the playing time sort itself out organically, but Kelly’s injury could force Moreno into a more prominent role.

The Diamondbacks have one other catcher, Jose Herrera, on the 40-man roster. He would figure to be the most likely candidate to replace Kelly on the big league roster.

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