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Dave Mckay to Be “Away From the Team for About a Week” Reveals Diamondback Boss Torey Lovullo

Dave McKay

Arizona Diamondbacks’ coach Dave McKay will be away from the team for about a week due to his broken rib injury. McKay tripped on the bottom step of the visitor’s dugout earlier this week and fell into a metal railing.

It was reported that McKay wore a new shoe while fell down on Tuesday. However, he recovered quickly and stayed at the park the rest of the day. But he began to feel pain on Wednesday morning. After that, he was taken to the hospital for a casual check and discovered the extent of the injury. 

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo spoke to the media about the 70-year-old’s health condition. “He’s fine, everything’s good,” Lovullo said Friday. “He’s just going to need to step away.”

Lovullo also conveyed that McKay was “resting comfortably” and had a “little procedure to cauterize the spleen, and everything is thumbs-up right now.”

David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks fist bumps with first base coach Dave McKay

David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks fist bumps with first base coach Dave McKay #39 after singling on a line drive against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Chase Field on June 11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Diamondbacks won 11-1. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Dave McKay expected to be ready before Opening Day says Lovullo

However, the manager expects McKay will return after a week. Dave McKay should be fully recovered by the Opening Day on April 1. “He’s OK and this is just all precautionary. He’ll be ready for the season. And in true Dave form, when he was calling to tell me that he was not feeling so well and he was going to need to have a procedure, he said, ‘I probably will not make the game tonight, but I’ll be ready tomorrow.’ That’s his mindset,” Lovullo said to the reporters.

Before starting his coaching career, McKay played from 1975 to 1982 in the big leagues with Blue Jays, Twins, and A’s. He started his coaching career in 1985 and worked with several teams over the last 35 years. McKay has been with the Diamondbacks since 2014 as a first base coach.

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