A Week To Forget: Hobbled D-backs Try To Overcome Adversity

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Arizona's ace pitcher, star center fielder, slugging right fielder and two-time Gold Glove shortstop already are injured.
The team's high-priced veteran starting pitcher has been ineffective. The reconstructed bullpen is down three arms at the moment.

Other than that, things are going just fine for the Diamondbacks six games into the season.

In the long slog that is Major League Baseball's 162-game schedule, panicking after a 2-4 start could be viewed as alarmist. But it's hard to imagine things going much worse for a team that has the unenviable task of chasing the defending world champion Los Angeles Dodgers and loaded San Diego Padres in the NL West.

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo acknowledged the challenge. He also expressed optimism Arizona could overcome the substantial early adversity.

The hits keep coming," Lovullo said after an 8-0 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday. We budgeted for this. Weve talked about these things. Good baseball teams have the depth to have the group that can fill in and hold down the fort and also allow some guys to emerge. Its about adaptability. Its about being mentally tough and being prepared.

Still, the avalanche of injuries has been relentless: It started in spring training when right fielder Kole Calhoun had surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. Calhoun led Arizona with 16 homers in last season's pandemic-shortened season.

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