It's been a forgettable season for the Arizona Diamondbacks this season and on Saturday night it turned into a nightmare one for the Diamondbacks. Pinch-hitting in a game his team was losing 9-4, Paul Goldschmidt took an Ernesto Frieri fastball off his left hand during Friday's game, sustaining a fracture and likely ending the first baseman's season. With an eight-week recovery period, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Goldschmidt's season is "realistically" over. With the Diamondback's season down the drain and Goldschmidt representing one of the lone bright spots in the desert, there is no reason to push Goldschmidt to come back for a few games at the end of September. If Goldschmidt's season is truly over, it was yet another strong season for the 26-year-old. He batted .300 with 39 doubles, 19 home runs, 69 RBI, 79 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 109 games. He was well on his way to a third straight 20-homer, 10-steal season before Friday's disaster.
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Carlos Santana continued his two-month surge over the weekend as he capped it all off with a two-homer, four RBI game against the Royals on Sunday. In his last seven games, Santana went 15-for-27 with six home runs, 10 RBI, eight runs scored and he even added a stolen base. That brilliance included five home runs during the four-game series with the Royals. In the series, Santana went 9-for-14 with five walks and reached base in 15 of his 20 plate appearances. In the season's first two months, Santana was ice cold combining for a .159 BA over his first 50 games. That stretch was punctuated with a concussion Santana suffered from taking a foul tip off his mask in late May, keeping him out for nine games. Santana returned to the lineup on June 6th and hit .308 last month and in June while playing primarily first base. July is shaping up to be his best month yet. After Sunday's game, Santana has eight home runs and 18 RBI through 23 games this month, and five of his six multi-hit games have come within the past week. After Sunday, Santana's season batting average is up to .232.
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