Injuries & Moves: Lewis, Mantiply, Kelly progressing
May 29: RHP Peter Solomon designated for assignment; OF Kristian Robinson reinstated, optioned to Low-A
Solomon was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Robinson, who was reinstated from the restricted list and optioned to Low-A Visalia. While his overall future remains unclear, Robinson will begin with appearing in games for Visalia.
“It’s been a long journey for him, and we’re all really super proud of him,” manager Torey Lovullo said Monday. “He has been working his butt off in extended spring training to continue to get his opportunity to progress and push to become a Major League Baseball player.”
10-day and 15-day IL
OF Kyle Lewis (illness)
Expected return: TBD
Lewis was placed on the 10-day IL with an undisclosed illness on April 8. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on May 23. The 27-year-old had a two-hit, three-RBI game on May 27, then followed it up with two home runs in six trips to the plate on May 28. After an off-day on May 29, Lewis continued his rehab assignment in the outfield on May 30. The team continues to be patient with his timetable.
“Hard to say,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “Just got to build up the stamina and strength. He feels good.” (Last updated: May 30)
LHP Joe Mantiply (strained right hamstring)
Expected return: Early to mid-June
Mantiply threw 25 pitches in a live batting practice session on May 30. Carson Kelly, who is rehabbing a fractured right forearm, hit off Mantiply, with both players coming out of the session OK, according to Arizona manager Torey Lovullo. The club is undecided on the next steps for Mantiply, who could throw another live session or begin a rehab assignment. The lefty started the regular season on the injured list due to left shoulder inflammation, then landed back on the IL on May 12 due to a strained right hamstring. (Last updated: May 30)
LHP Anthony Misiewicz (strained right calf)
Expected return: TBD
Misiewicz strained his calf while covering first base on a ground ball May 19 in Pittsburgh. He was scheduled to fly back to Arizona to be further evaluated. (Last updated: May 20)
C Carson Kelly (right distal ulna fracture)
Expected return: June
Kelly was hit by a pitch on his right forearm in the fourth inning of the D-backs' March 20 Spring Training game against the White Sox and suffered a fracture. There is no exact timetable for his return, but eight to 10 weeks is generally how long these fractures take to heal. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 20. Kelly will go through a full workout day on May 31 with Triple-A Reno, then start behind the plate for the Aces on June 1. (Last updated: May 30)
RHP Mark Melancon (right shoulder)
Expected return: All-Star break at the earliest
Melancon began a throwing program on May 22. He was diagnosed with a subscapularis strain, per manager Torey Lovullo, and will be out a matter of months. Melancon said there were a pair of tears, but surgery would not be required. (Last updated: March 22)
RHP Cole Sulser (strained right teres major)
Expected return: June at the earliest
Sulser had some discomfort, so the team sent him for tests that showed a strained teres major, which will keep him out of action for "weeks," according to manager Torey Lovullo. Sulser had appeared in three games this year. (Last updated: April 7)
RHP Corbin Martin (right lat tendon tear)
Expected return: Likely to miss 2023 season
Martin, who threw a pitch in the fourth inning against the Brewers on March 15 and crumpled to the ground in pain, will require surgery and is doubtful to return this season, manager Torey Lovullo said on March 19.
“It’s going to be a long-term recovery,” said Lovullo, while adding that he didn’t know when Martin will undergo the procedure.
It’s the latest setback for Martin, who missed most of the 2019 season and all of ‘20, after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He’s also been on the injured list each of the last two seasons. (Last updated: March 19)