Injuries & Moves: Gallen set to throw live BP against Thomas

June 23rd, 2024

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June 23: LHP joins D-backs; LHP optioned to Triple-A Reno
Arizona needed Henry to work deep into Saturday's game against the Phillies because the bullpen has been taxed as of late. But his work on the mound was brief, as he lasted 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs.

Henry, who saw his ERA rise 81 points to 7.04, said there is nothing wrong with him health-wise. It was 97 degrees on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, but he didn’t use the weather as an excuse. Manager Torey Lovullo said Henry needed to work on his delivery.

“The things he is doing [on the mound] are not up to par. He is better than what he has been showing,” Lovullo said. “Tommy is in the right place to go down [to Triple-A] right now and clear his mind, and compete [on the mound].”

As for Hughes, who was recalled from Reno, this is his third stint with the D-backs this season. In nine games for Arizona, Hughes has allowed 12 runs in 10 2/3 innings.

10-day/15-day injured list

RHP (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: TBD
Gallen was slated to throw a live batting practice against outfielder Alek Thomas on June 24. If things go well, Gallen could return during the club's series against the A's from June 28-30.

After throwing his sixth pitch of the game in the D-backs' 3-2 loss to the Mets on May 30, Gallen called over catcher Gabriel Moreno and wound up walking off the mound with a trainer. Gallen was diagnosed with a strained right hamstring, which the club later announced as a Grade 1 strain. He was placed on the injured list the next day. (Last updated: June 23)

OF (strained left hamstring)
Expected return: TBD
Thomas, who played seven innings in center field and had three at-bats on June 22 in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League, said his hamstring is feeling good. After an off-day on June 23, Thomas will take live batting practice against right-hander Zac Gallen on June 24 and then head to Triple-A Reno for a rehab assignment.

The D-backs are hoping Thomas will join the Major League squad for the June 28-30 series against the A's at Chase Field.

Thomas had been scheduled to come off the IL on May 7, but per manager Torey Lovullo, the outfielder felt something in his injured left hamstring after playing in a rehab game on May 5. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection to alleviate swelling on May 13.

Thomas injured his left hamstring when he grounded into a double play in the first inning on March 31 against the Rockies. He underwent an MRI exam on April 1 that showed a strain in the hamstring that was greater than a Grade 1, but not quite a Grade 2. (Last updated: June 23)

C (left thumb sprain)
Expected return
: Early July
Moreno hurt the thumb on a foul tip in Arizona's June 21 game vs. Philadelphia, but stayed in the game for three more innings before being pulled. Manager Torey Lovullo believed the injury was not serious, but when Moreno woke up the next morning, his thumb was stiff and sore. More >> (Last updated: June 22)

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Castro was slated to throw a live batting practice session on June 24. He will throw one inning and 25 pitches. (Last updated: June 21)

SS (left hamstring strain; No. 1 on D-backs Top 30 Prospect list)
Expected return: TBD
Lawlar injured his left hamstring while legging out a triple in the ninth inning of Triple-A Reno’s June 15 game. Lawlar had an MRI exam on June 17 that showed a Grade 1 strain, and he is expected to miss at least a month.

This is Lawlar’s second stint on the IL this year after he opened the season with a thumb injury and played his first Minor League game on May 29. (Last updated: June 18)

LHP Blake Walston (left elbow strain)
Expected return: TBD
Walston informed the team following his June 4 start against the Giants that he had been experiencing some discomfort in his elbow. A subsequent MRI exam showed inflammation. (Last updated: June 6)

60-day IL

RHP (right shoulder strain)
Expected return:
TBD
Kelly has begun a throwing program, playing catch from up to 90 feet. He was placed on the injured list on April 23, two days after being scratched from his start in San Francisco. Kelly said he felt something grab in his shoulder while playing catch in the outfield at Oracle Park on April 20.

He was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 2. (Last updated: June 21)

LHP (left lat strain)
Expected return:
June
Rodriguez has begun a throwing program and is throwing 105 feet, but the team is taking things very slowly since his setback last month. His initial throwing program was paused after he experienced some discomfort in the left lat following an April 9 bullpen session. On April 17, he was moved to the 60-day IL.

The southpaw was removed on March 19 against the Cubs in a Cactus League game with left lat tightness after completing his warmup tosses for the second inning. An MRI exam taken the following day showed a strain, and he was placed on the injured list to open the year. (Last updated: June 21)

LHP (thoracic outlet surgery)
Expected return:
2025 Spring Training
Nelson underwent thoracic outlet surgery on May 6. The surgery was performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl, the same doctor who performed a similar procedure on Merrill Kelly in 2020. Nelson is expected to miss the rest of the season. (Last updated: May 7)

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: 2025
Jameson underwent Tommy John surgery last September and per manager Torey Lovullo he is expected to miss the entire 2024 season. (Last updated: Feb. 15)