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Diamondbacks Hospital: End of June bulletin

With a few names moving both on and off the DL since last time, time for an update on the health of the Diamondbacks.

Christian Petersen
Bronson Arroyo - sprained UCL

It finally couldn't be avoided any longer, and Bronson Arroyo hit the DL on June 16 for the first time as a major-league player. A sprained UCL is a lighter version of the injury that requires Tommy John surgery, but Arroyo hopes to avoid that, using rehab instead. The plan is to stay away from throwing entirely for about 10 days, then begin a program of throwing with the aim of getting back after the break. He said, "We are going to try to get all the swelling out and let it calm down completely ... then try to fire it back up and see if it acts differently. If it acts the same, we are gong to have to try something different." That sounds kinda ominous.

Archie Bradley - flexor strain, right elbow

Good news on this front, as he completed his return. First step was the Arizona Rookie League, where he tossed three innings in an exhibition game, allowing a run, and hitting 93 mph. He reported afterward, "I felt good. The biggest thing is my health and how I felt mechanically. Those two things came out well. As I got past that first inning, and in the second and third, I felt like I started to come into where I normally am." after four innings in a formal AZL game on the 21st, he was assigned to Mobile and threw four more there. "From what I was told, I was at 92-96, which was really positive for me. Before I got hurt, the velo was down and I wasn't consistent with it."

Eric Chavez - sprained left knee

Perhaps lost in the news that Chris Owings was going on the DL, with Nick Ahmed being promoted from Reno to replace him, was Chavez being transferred from the 15-day to 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Ahmed. The prognosis isn't good for the veteran third-baseman. Kirk Gibson said, "It's kind of a degenerative issue. He's had extensive treatment on that, an aggressive treatment on that knee all year and it just doesn't respond now. Whereas before the time off it responded, which tells you it's degenerating more and more." Sounds like it may be the beginning of the end for Eric.

Patrick Corbin, David Hernandez- Tommy John surgery

No updates, but since neither man will pitch this season, that's not particularly surprising. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of amusing Tweets, and they need to step up their game in this department. Both seem to be following Team USA in the World Cup, but that's really no excuse.

Daniel Hudson - Tommy John surgery

June 25 saw Hudson take the mound at Chase Field, for the first time since June 2012. Sure, it was just a simulated game, pitching against fellow rehabbee Mark Trumbo, but it's still another milestone on the road back. Hudson threw 20 pitches, including all three of his offerings. He said, "I wasn't hoping for much except for no pain, so it was good. I feel like I feel a lot better this time. We'll just see if it keeps going in the right direction." He's still clearly turning his keen mind to observing the performances of the other Diamondbacks starters:

Chris Owings - left shoulder

Owings's shoulder had been bothering him for some time - he had only four plate-appearances since June 20, and just the one start. He appears to have done the damage sliding into home-plate on his unsuccessful inside-the-park home-run attempt (shown top), during the series against the Giants, though being hit by Kyle Lohse of the Brewers probably didn't help. "I just couldn't take an aggressive start like I usually do," Owings said. and according to Kevin Towers, he will be shut down at least through the All-Star break. Chris will undergo an MRI here in Phoenix today, after which we should have a better idea of the situation and likely recovery time.

Cliff Pennington - sprained left thumb ligament

No significant news, probably won't be resuming any baseball activities until late next month, or possibly even August.

Jordan Pacheco - right shoulder tendinitis

The other new arrival on the list since last time is third string catcher Pacheco. Hard to see how those eight PAs could have done anything to his shoulder, and it's not as if he was throwing down to second. Because Jordan still has yet to catch an inning for the Diamondbacks, all eight of his appearances having come off the bench, strictly as a pinch-hitter. One wonders if he was already carrying the injury on his arrival here; I do note he had an MRI before the start of the season, but that was on his left shoulder. So unless tendinitis is infectious, it's probably not related.

A.J. Pollock - Fractured fourth metacarpal, right hand

No update, still hoping to have him back toward the end of July.

Matt Reynolds - Tommy John surgery

We were all excited last time, with Reynolds throwing his first bullpen session on June 10. But there have been no reports, good or bad, since then. Be interesting to see how the team looks to build its bullpen next season, with potentially three left-handers down there, in Reynolds, Oliver Perez and Joe Thatcher.

Mark Trumbo - Stress fracture in left foot

As mentioned above, he was in the box for Daniel Hudson's bullpen session, and also ran the bases at Salt River Fields on Saturday. According to Gibson, Trumbo is likely to return right around the All-Star break. But I've got a feeling it's probably going to be after rather than before. That'll provide another interesting dilemma as far as our roster goes, with Ender Inciarte ensconced in the lead-off spot, and doing well there, while David Peralta is hitting over .300 and providing solid defense.