PHOENIX -- If he could do it all over, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock would not have dove for the Tyler Saladino fly ball on May 14 that resulted in an avulsion fracture of his left thumb.But that doesn't mean Pollock is going to change the way he plays the game
PHOENIX -- If he could do it all over, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock would not have dove for the Tyler Saladino fly ball on May 14 that resulted in an avulsion fracture of his left thumb.
But that doesn't mean Pollock is going to change the way he plays the game when he returns from the disabled list sometime in the next month.
"It's in my job description to go out there and make plays when I'm on defense and do everything I can to score runs on offense, and that's kind of where my instincts take over," Pollock said. "Of course, if I had a time machine I wouldn't have dove for that if I knew I was going to break my thumb."
Pollock had a follow-up X-ray and met with hand specialist Don Sheridan earlier this week to see how the healing process was going. The initial timeline for his return was four to eight weeks, but don't ask the center fielder how close he is to coming back.
"Two weeks after it feels really good," Pollock said. "I like where I'm at. I think the timeline stuff, I don't really like talking timelines. I don't know. Two weeks usually doesn't show much healing anyway. [Sheridan] just wanted to make sure that it was still where it needs to be, and so far, so good. I'm kind of progressing as the weeks go on."
Right-hander Shelby Miller, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, allowed one run on four hits and did not walk a batter while striking out eight in five innings for Class A Advanced Visalia on Tuesday night.
"Everything from what I read -- and I got a chance to talk to him last night for a short period of time -- he's exactly where we need him to be and he's really encouraged by it," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "Stuffwise, it played out exactly as we wanted."
Miller was due to return to Phoenix on Wednesday and will throw a bullpen session before heading out for another rehab start, which will likely be for Double-A Jackson because of the way the schedule works out.
Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.