By Nick Piecoro, azcentral sports
A.J. Pollock understands the dynamics at play. He knows the clock is ticking.
Experience has given him perspective, but the time he needed to gain it cannot be wound back. He can see the sand disappearing from the hourglass for the Diamondbacks’ current core of players. He wants them to take advantage of what remains.
“Anytime you go out and don’t make the playoffs and don’t give yourself a chance, it’s a missed opportunity,” Pollock said. “You start reflecting on, personally, your career. And having been with this organization on the big-league club – this will be my fifth year – there’s only so many opportunities you get.
“They (the front office) are the ones who will say how many chances we get before they make changes, but, yeah, there’s a sense of urgency, I feel like. We really want to do well. We got our butts kicked last year.”
If there was any doubt about Pollock’s importance to the Diamondbacks, it was erased last April when, in an exhibition game three days before the start of the season, he shattered his elbow after sliding home.
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