Ketel Marte # 4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after hitting a two-race homerun during the seventh entry of a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on April 2, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks coach Torey Lovullo revealed that outfielder Ketel Marte has made good progress on his return from a right tendon injury and will begin rehabilitation for Triple-A Reno on Monday.
“Ketel did very well yesterday and is on his way to Reno,” said Lovullo.
“So, the next step is to put him in a game in Reno tomorrow and just get the report of the eyes that will be watching him.”
Lovullo said that Mars has shown improvements in the alternate location.
“I feel really good where he is,” said the D-backs manager via Zoom. “I had the chance to see him play 10 tickets in the past two days in Salt River, and it looked like he was in the right place and physically he also seemed to be in a very good position.”
Although it was not decided how many games Mars will play in Reno, Lovullo hinted that he was close to returning to the team.
“It’s getting close,” said Lovullo. “I’m not sure when this will happen, but it will be very soon.”
Mars said in the past that he did not feel he would need to begin rehabilitation off the alternate site, but Lovullo explained his reason for the decision and how it would prepare his All-Star hitter to join the major league club.
“Both games in Salt River, he was impacting baseball and was doing really well,” Lovullo told reporters. “He showed us that he was ready for the next challenge and that’s how we’re going to see it.
“To get to Reno, this is a slightly different environment. Things are very relaxed for a long time. There is a lot of intensity from the players who are there and are improving. ”
Mars is lacking for its defensive versatility in a team that has been wiped out by injuries this season. However, D-backs also urgently need their attack.
Mars was hitting 0.462 this season with a 0.500 OBP and 1.346 OPS when he fell due to an injury.
“I just think there is a natural increase when you’re playing a Triple A baseball game versus an extended backfield game,” said the manager of the D-backs. “I know that he will be able to accept this challenge and bring him one day closer to coming back to us at the most prepared level.”