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A.J. Pollock Is Still on the Mend

Irish alum still days away from playing time.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Notre Dame baseball standout and current centerfielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks A.J. Pollock has been on the disabled list for two weeks now, and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be returning anytime soon. Pollock, who is hitting .299 with 11 stolen bases this season, has been out since Mother’s Day with a groin injury. Last week Arizona manager Tony Lovullo said that he doesn’t expect Pollock to rejoin the team during the current road trip, which ends this Sunday.

Pollock has been cleared for baseball activity, but still hasn’t seen any game action. The AP reports that Arizona will probably give him another week to recover before they consider activating him from the DL. In the meantime, Pollock’s DBacks haven’t missed a beat. Arizona has gone 12-4 with Pollock on the shelf. They currently stand at 33-22, just a half game out of first place in the ever tough NL West.

Cal Petersen to forego his senior season

Standout Irish goalie Cal Petersen announced on Wednesday that he will be foregoing his senior year, and will sign an NHL contract this summer. Petersen, a fifth round pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 2013, has the ability to either sign with Buffalo or with another team as a free agent this summer.

In his three seasons in South Bend, Petersen left his mark on the program. This past season he led the Irish to their third ever Frozen Four appearance. He also led the NCAA in shutouts with six. He was also the first goalie to ever serve as captain.

"I feel immensely fortunate I was given the opportunity to attend Notre Dame and play hockey for the Fighting Irish," Petersen said. "The experiences and memories I have shared with my teammates and best friends both on and off the ice will be something I carry with me forever. This is the hardest decision I have ever had to make because of how incredible of a place Notre Dame is to be both a student and an athlete. My sincere thanks goes to Coach Jackson, Coach Pooley, Coach Slaggert, all of the support staff, and most importantly my teammates for their efforts in making me a better hockey player, student and person. Lastly, I would like to thank my family for their unwavering love and support while making this decision. Notre Dame has given me the opportunity to realize my dreams and I will be forever Irish."

Petersen’s decision follows that of teammate Anders Bjork, who announced on Tuesday he would be signing an NHL contract with the Boston Bruins.

More Irish hockey news

For the second straight season Notre Dame hockey has two of their own playing in the Stanley Cup Finals with Bryan Rust and Ian Cole of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins are just two wins away from repeating as Stanley Cup Champs, as they took down the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Rust and Cole both contributed with an assist each. Pittsburgh will look to up their lead to 3-0 on Saturday in game three in Nashville.