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Inbox: How severe is Goldy's elbow injury?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert fields D-backs' fans questions
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Is Paul Goldschmidt's injury more serious than you're telling us because he was supposed to play the other day and didn't. Starting to get the feeling there is more to this than is being said.
-- Chris G., Mesa, Ariz.

Chris, I would be surprised if Goldschmidt is not back in the lineup Friday against the Padres. According to everything we've been told his MRI did not show any structural damage or any cause for concern. There was some inflammation, and he was given a cortisone shot to treat that. While I know we've become accustomed to Goldschmidt playing just about 162 games a season, I really did not expect him to play in either of the games in Los Angeles. The discomfort that he felt after the shot is standard according to players I've talked to who have gotten those shots. There was no need to rush him back given where the D-backs are in the standings right now. It made sense to give him those last two days of the series off combined with Thursday's scheduled off-day. Their main focus right now is on making sure he is as healthy as possible for the postseason.

Is Paul Goldschmidt's injury more serious than you're telling us because he was supposed to play the other day and didn't. Starting to get the feeling there is more to this than is being said.
-- Chris G., Mesa, Ariz.

Chris, I would be surprised if Goldschmidt is not back in the lineup Friday against the Padres. According to everything we've been told his MRI did not show any structural damage or any cause for concern. There was some inflammation, and he was given a cortisone shot to treat that. While I know we've become accustomed to Goldschmidt playing just about 162 games a season, I really did not expect him to play in either of the games in Los Angeles. The discomfort that he felt after the shot is standard according to players I've talked to who have gotten those shots. There was no need to rush him back given where the D-backs are in the standings right now. It made sense to give him those last two days of the series off combined with Thursday's scheduled off-day. Their main focus right now is on making sure he is as healthy as possible for the postseason.

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Did anyone ask what caused the swelling in Goldy's elbow? It would seem to suggest that maybe there's a bone spur in there?
-- Ken C., Phoenix

Yes, we did ask Goldschmidt about a possible bone spur in his elbow, and he said the doctors told him the MRI did not show one.

You may have written this and I missed it, but how did Goldschmidt injure his elbow? Thanks!
-- Megan P., Phoenix

No one seems to know exactly when it happened. Goldschmidt said he does not remember one throw or swing that may have caused it. There doesn't seem to be an explanation for exactly why this happened.

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Will Chris Owings likely be on the postseason roster or not enough time to get ready?
-- Alex M., Tempe, Ariz.

The D-backs remain hopeful that Owings could be back for the playoffs, Alex. We'll see what happens as it gets closer to when he is eligible to come off the DL here at the end of the month. It's not ideal timing because the Minor League seasons will have ended at that point so a traditional rehab assignment is out. However, the D-backs will have their instructional league camp going on at Salt River Fields so they could have him get as many at-bats as needed in a controlled environment facing live pitching.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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