Notes: Marte lands on IL; Gallen throws

April 8th, 2021

After initially saying they wanted to get back to Phoenix for further testing on his right hamstring strain before making any decisions, the D-backs placed the outfielder on the 10-day injured list just before first pitch Thursday at Coors Field.

Marte had to be helped off the field in the top of the sixth inning Wednesday. Andrew Young, who was on the team’s taxi squad, was called up to replace Marte on the active roster.

Marte was trying to beat out a grounder to third base against the Rockies when he suddenly pulled up just before the first-base bag and grabbed his right hamstring.

“There's some soreness there; there are some things that we expected,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo.

Young made his big league debut last year for the D-backs and hit .192 in 34 plate appearances. He can play the outfield corners and second base, third base and shortstop.

Gallen throws
Right-hander , who opened the year on the injured list with a right forearm hairline stress fracture of the radial head, threw 67 pitches in a camp game Wednesday at Salt River Fields.

Gallen, who felt discomfort in his forearm only when throwing a curveball this spring, threw at least one curve in each of his innings Wednesday and did not report any discomfort.

Other injury updates
Outfielder (right knee surgery) and shortstop (right knee patella tendinitis) also played in the same camp game.

Calhoun has made a lot of progress and is running the bases and playing defense, in addition to taking at-bats.

Lovullo said Ahmed took nine at-bats in that game.

No McKay for the opener
The D-backs hoped to have first-base coach Dave McKay back at the ballpark for their home opener Friday, but he will need a little more time to recover from a dugout accident last month.

McKay slipped coming down the steps of the visitors' dugout at Scottsdale Stadium during Spring Training and fell into a metal railing, breaking one of his ribs and lacerating his spleen.

"I do not think he will be at the ballpark [Friday]," Lovullo said. "He's slowly recovering. He's under great care. When you look at Dave and you see how healthy he looks and how young he looks, you realize that the human body sometimes takes a little bit longer to heal.

“We want him to be back. We miss him. We love him. But it's just one of those situations where we got to make sure that he's on his feet at full strength before we'll think about putting him back on the field. So we're getting there."