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Zac Gallen leaves the Dbacks start early with an apparent injury vs. Mets

By Vaseline May30,2024

NEW YORK – Diamondbacks right-hander Zac Gallen left his start against the Mets on Thursday night after just six pitches with an apparent injury.

Gallen fired a fastball to New York’s DJ Stewart and immediately spun off the mound in frustration. Something didn’t seem to feel right. Moments later, Gallen, the Diamondbacks’ top starting pitcher, walked off the mound with a trainer standing next to him.

Although the club has not yet provided details of his problem, it seems likely that Gallen is once again dealing with a troublesome right hamstring.

On April 26, he left the start in Seattle with what the team called cramp; the injury was not deemed serious enough that Gallen was even sent for tests.

Gallen was scheduled to make his next start five days later, but ultimately his turn in the rotation was skipped — the club said it was purely a precaution — when pitching schedules were thrown into disarray by the April 30 Bee Delay Game.

He admitted to feeling more tension in his hamstring during his May 18 start against the Detroit Tigers during the game where he continually asked the Diamondbacks grounds crew to repair the mound.

If Gallen’s injury is serious, it would be another major hurdle for the Diamondbacks, who are already without right-hander Merrill Kelly and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who were expected to be their No. 2 and 3 starters this year.

Geraldo Perdomo of DBacks is ready for rehab

NEW YORK – Diamondbacks shortstop Geraldo Perdomo will begin a minor league rehab assignment in the Arizona Complex League on Friday, manager Torey Lovullo said.

Perdomo, who has been out since April 3 with a torn meniscus in his right knee, will serve as designated hitter on Friday and could play shortstop on Saturday, Lovullo said.

How long a rehab assignment Perdomo will need remains unclear, but Lovullo said Perdomo could move to another of the club’s minor league affiliates after Saturday.

Lovullo said Perdomo and center fielder Alek Thomas each had 10 at-bats against live pitching on Wednesday. Perdomo ran the bases and Thomas, who is coming back from a hamstring injury, ran a straight line “at a pretty good pace.”

“Everyone is in a very positive space,” Lovullo said. “Those are the most important markers for them, the baserunning, because of the nature of their injuries.”

Lovullo is considering changes before the series openers

NEW YORK – Manager Torey Lovullo said he was considering a player’s suggestion to make wholesale changes to the club’s pregame routine before Thursday’s series opener against the New York Mets, but has opted against that for now.

Given the club’s troubles in the first games of series — they are 3-15 in series openers — closer Paul Sewald suggested to Lovullo that the team should try not to hold pregame meetings or do the usual on-field work. do it, just as a way to change things up.

Lovullo said he thought about it for a while, but decided he wanted his team to get used to the new environment.

“I always enjoy getting out on the field on Day 1,” Lovullo said. “It’s very important to me that the infielders get the bounces, the outfielders get sight lines and the hitters get a ball flight background. If this had been another series where we had already played in the stadium and were familiar with it, I might have thought about it. Shuffling the deck is certainly an option.”

Friday’s pitching game between Diamondbacks and Mets

Diamondbacks at Mets, 4:10 p.m., Cox, Ch. 34

Diamondbacks LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-2, 4.69) vs. Marlins RHP Luis Severino (2-2, 3.22).

At Citi Field: Montgomery gave up two runs in six innings against the Marlins and said afterward that it was the closest to his normal self all year. … Montgomery wasn’t particularly sharp this year, but he wasn’t bad either, going at least six innings in five of his seven starts. … Montgomery owns an 8.40 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, including a 14.29 ERA (12 runs in 5 2/3 innings) in two starts at Citi Field. … SS Francisco Lindor is 6 for 11 (.545) with two doubles and a homer from him. … Severino posted a 6.65 ERA with the Yankees last season, but is enjoying a rebound this year with the Mets. Most recently, he gave up one run in seven innings against the Giants. … He averages 96 mph with his fastball and has found a breaking ball that works better this year, using an 85.5 mph offering that is categorized as a “sweeper” to hit 38 percent of the time to catch odors. … He’s never faced the Diamondbacks.

Shortly

Saturday: At New York, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Blake Walston (0-0, 2.16) vs. Mets LHP Sean Manaea (3-1, 3.16).

Sunday: In New York, 10:40 a.m., Diamondbacks RHP Brandon Pfaadt (2-4, 4.16) vs. Mets LHP Jose Quintana (1-5, 5.06).

Monday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Ryne Nelson (3-4, 6.02) vs. Giants TBD.

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