On Sunday while playing against the New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross was running down to first base, took an awkward step and hit the ground. The end result of the Diamondbacks’ 9-5 loss was Ross dislocating his hip and most likely ending his season — and possibly the Diamondbacks’ hopes of making the playoffs.
Arizona now sits 7.5 games out of first place with Ross heading to the DL, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are still plowing through the top teams in baseball. Ross was not the superstar of the team nor was he an everyday starter. However, what he did was get on base and help drive in runs for the Diamondbacks.
In 94 games this season, he was batting .278/.331/.413 with eight homers and 38 RBIs, including 33 runs scored. Ross also carried a 2.5 WAR, a big increase from last season.
Since Ross is expected to hit the DL and be out for the rest of the season, it will be up to the rest of the guys to step it up. The good news is that Trevor Cahill is close to returning to bolstering the Arizona rotation, and if Arizona can keep opposing teams from scoring runs, the Diamondbacks may be able to win some close games coming up.
Arizona will end August facing three top teams in the league and then wrap up the month at home against their NL West rivals. If Arizona can keep its head above water, they may have a chance yet; but with all things considered at this point, losing Ross is undoubtedly a big blow.