PHOENIX — Ketel MarsThe recovery from a strain in the tendon of the right thigh is recovering.
Outfielder D-backs will play their first rehab game for Triple-A Reno on Monday, when the Aces are scheduled to host the Las Vegas Aviators. Mars played a simulated six-game against Rockies players at Arizona’s alternative training site at Salt River Fields on Saturday, and he came out of it in a big way, according to manager Torey Lovullo.
“I feel really good where he is,” said Lovullo. “I had a chance to see him play 10 innings in the last two days in Salt River, and he looked like he was in the right headspace and physically he looked in a very good position too. It’s getting close. “
It has not yet been decided how many matches Mars will play for the Rhine before being activated from the injured list, which he has been on since 8 April. Most of his recovery to this point has been at Salt River Fields, but Mars has also made several appearances at Chase Field, where he worked with the team.
Although Lovullo believes that Mars has made great progress, the coach thought it would be valuable for Mars to go on a minor league rehab task instead of going straight from the simulated games to the major league action.
“It was my opinion that you are going to wake up, you are going to get in the car, you are going to drive in the stadium, you are going to have a normal activity before the game, you are going to play against a team in another uniform, you are going to hit every two or three entries “Lovullo said.” You are just going to organize your thoughts and prepare yourself mentally as you would for a major league baseball game, and I feel that there is some importance to that. “
When Mars returns, he must give a boost to Arizona’s attack and bring stability to the central camp. He has .462 / .500 / .846 hits with four doubles, two homers and five RBIs in six games this season.
Devenski weighing options
The D-backs put three players on the injured list on Saturday, including relief Chris Devenski. The right-handed man went to the IL for 60 days with a UCL sprain on the right.
When asked if surgery is an option for Devenski, Lovullo said the powerful is “weighing all options now”.
“We have to make some decisions; I think he is also collecting more information, ”said Lovullo.
Devenski, who signed with Arizona in February, posted an 8.59 ERA in his first eight games with the team.
Rotation still in flow
Left-handed Madison Bumgarner debuts on Monday’s debut against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, but the D-backs have not announced their rotation plans any further. Arizona is currently without the right-handed Zac Gallen (sprained UCL on the right) and Taylor Widener (sprained right groin), who will begin rehabilitation in Reno on Tuesday.
In a four-day period this week, the D-backs had two pitchers to make their first start to their careers. Right-handed Matt Peacock started Wednesday’s loss to Marlins, while mighty Seth Frankoff started Saturday’s victory over the Nationals.
Lovullo said that Frankoff, who allowed two runs in 4 2/3 starts to not make a decision, will be a candidate to restart the next corner through rotation, which currently also includes right-handed Merrill Kelly, Riley Smith and Luke Weaver, who started end of Sunday against the Nationals.
“We’re just trying to maximize the clashes and make sure we have guys available to get through the game [Sunday], as crazy as it sounds, ”said Lovullo. “You saw what happened to us, we had a shortage of manpower, we had to launch the players into position and we want to avoid that.”