CINCINNATI -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo gave an update on the health of Randall Delgado on Tuesday, revealing the right-handed reliever has a flexor strain in his right elbow and will be shut down for 10-14 days.Delgado was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. He is 1-1 with a
CINCINNATI -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo gave an update on the health of Randall Delgado on Tuesday, revealing the right-handed reliever has a flexor strain in his right elbow and will be shut down for 10-14 days.
Delgado was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. He is 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 21 relief appearances this season. He has also started five games, posting an 0-1 record and a 2.52 ERA in those outings.
"Randall wore a lot of different hats for us," Lovullo said. "He started several games, gave us length and also got some big outs in some crucial moments. So for right now we like the balance of our bullpen -- four righties and three lefties -- and we have a couple guys who can give us multiple innings. I think T.J. McFarland will take a little bit of that role if we need some length right now. But the fact that we have a balanced bullpen is very encouraging."
Another candidate to eat up innings will be J.J. Hoover, who was called up Sunday to fill Delgado's spot on the roster. Hoover appeared in 31 games with Arizona this season, posting a 1-0 record and a 4.18 ERA, before hitting the DL himself with right shoulder inflammation on June 23.
"We feel very fortunate having a guy like J.J. who's gotten some big outs and pitched some big innings for us," Lovullo said. "So we're excited to have him back and helping us out."
Hoover will be in familiar territory this week as the D-backs take on the Reds. Hoover spent five seasons in Cincinnati, where he compiled a 16-19 record and a 4.12 ERA in 236 appearances. He still owns a farm in nearby Batavia, Ohio, where he lives during the offseason, and said he stayed there during the All-Star break.
For Hoover, being back from the DL -- as well as back home -- is something he's looked forward to for a while.
"I feel really good to be back," he said. "I've been wanting to be back for a while. I'm just excited to get back after the All-Star break and start the second half."
Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.