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Diamondbacks Carson Kelly out for 6-8 weeks with fractured right ulna

Mar 20, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly (18) reacts after getting hit in the hand against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Diamondbacks’ catcher Carson Kelly fractured his forearm during a spring training at bat on Tuesday against the White Sox. Manager Torey Lovullo has announced he will be out for at least six weeks.

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At 28 years old, Kelly is entering his eighth season in the MLB, his fourth with the Diamondbacks. Kelly is currently on a one-year contract worth a little over $4 million, it is his fourth one-year deal with the team.

This spring training, Kelly has slashed for a .320 batting average in 25 at-bats, and now he will not be back on the diamond until mid-May.

To replace Kelly, Arizona will likely turn towards 23-year-old Gabriel Moreno, whom they just recently acquired in December.

Moreno played in 25 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, where he recorded a .733 OPS and finished with 22 hits in just 69 at-bats.

Now, so far this spring training, Moreno is 8 for 20 with two home runs, a very promising sign for the young prospect.

Stay tuned for more updates as opening day is just around the corner and the Diamondbacks final roster is close to being set in stone.

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