Chad Tracy was hospitalized after developing a blood clot in his right leg last week while recovering from September right knee surgery, and it remains unclear if he will be able to open spring training with the Diamondbacks.
“It’s definitely a setback,” D-Backs general manager Josh Byrnes said. “It’s probably a couple of weeks of lost time. We’ll see.
“In the big picture, he has progressed well.”
As far as Tracy’s availability for spring training, “we won’t know until we get closer,” Byrnes said.
Pitchers and catchers are to report to the spring camp in Tucson in mid-February.
Tracy underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee on Sept. 20 after attempting to play through the pain down the stretch.
He was examined in Phoenix in mid-November and felt pain in his lower leg after returning home to North Carolina, where he has been released from the hospital and is on blood-thinners to treat the clot.
While there was some talk the D-Backs might include one of their corner infielders in an offseason trade, they do not appear inclined to do so, especially since neither the D-Backs nor potential trade partners will know Tracy’s status until much later.
With that scenario, it does appear less likely Tony Clark will return, although the D-Backs have not ruled that out.
The Dodgers have expressed interest in Clark, agent John Boggs told the Los Angeles Times.
The Dodgers have hinted recently they will not make moves at the high end of the free agent spectrum, although they did send a contingent to Japan to visit right-hander Hiroki Kuroda last week, the Times reported.
The D-Backs are among the teams that have made an offer to Kuroda, who many teams consider the best free agent starter on the market.
The D-Backs had trade discussions with Minnesota about right-hander Matt Garza, but when Justin Upton’s name came up, they bowed out.
Upton is among the handful of young players the D-Backs consider all but untouchable as trade season heats up this offseason.
The D-Backs now may turn their attention to other Twins pitchers after Garza was traded to Tampa Bay Wednesday night in a six-player deal that brought Minnesota the big bat of Delmon Young and Arizona native Jason Pridie.
Of the nucleus that includes Upton, Stephen Drew, Conor Jackson, Mark Reynolds and Chris Young, “most of those guys, we are inclined to leave alone and let them progress as a team,” Byrnes said.
In the Twins-Rays deal, Pridie is expected to fill Torii Hunter’s big shoes as the Minnesota center fielder. Pridie was the Arizona prep player of the year while at Prescott High in 2002.
The D-Backs voted to distribute 33 full shares and 12.14 partial shares from their playoff pool of $6,295,126.95. Each full share is worth $139,469.87. World Series champion Boston’s full shares were worth $308,235.75, while NL champion Colorado’s were worth $233,505.18.