Luke Weaver was diagnosed with a Flexor Pronator Strain AND a Mild UCL Sprain
He is completely shut down from throwing and the team will pursue a “conservative” course, meaning he will not have surgery. Torey Lovullo refused to give any time table for when Luke might begin throwing again, as he felt that would be unfair to Luke. Some basic research on Flexor Pronator Strain indicates that rest required for healing can be anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks. THIS VIDEO contains a pretty good overview of the injury.
This injury, coupled with the “Mild” UCL Sprain would seem to indicate that it will be at least 4 weeks before Weaver is able to resume throwing. With a shut down that long, he will be almost starting over with regards to getting stretched out and able to throw 100 pitches. While Torey would not offer a time table, it seems like 8 weeks would be the minimum amount of time that Weaver will miss.
In other injury news:
- David Peralta received a cortisone shot in his AC Joint two days ago. He will take BP today, and if all goes well, will play in an extended Spring Training game tomorrow to get as many at bats as he feels comfortable. Next steps will then be determined Sunday morning, the earliest he is eligible to return from the IL. From Lovullo’s previous comments, if there are no setbacks over the next two days, then Peralta will not require a rehab assignment and should be activated quickly.
- Jake Lamb ran on dirt with spikes and had a good day taking BP and fielding groundballs. It sounded like a rehab assignment for him is very close.
- Wilmer Flores is still in a walking boot and only able to do upper body exercises.
Other key notes:
- Look for Jon Duplantier to be stretched out 15 pitches beyond his last outing, which was 65 pitches. So perhaps an 80 pitch limit for him tonight.
- Both Taylor Clarke and Duplantier should be considered here to stay in the rotation for the foreseeable future
- The DBacks are currently carrying a 9 man bullpen and a 3 man bench. They will most likely keep this configuration for another two or three days until the bullpen gets “caught up”.
- Kevin Cron, who was optioned out to make room for Jon Duplantier is not able to be recalled for at least 10 days. The assumption here is that Peralta will be activated Sunday and most likely Stefan Crichton will be optioned back out.