ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs’ Zac Gallen reinstated from IL, to start Thursday vs. Giants

Jun 16, 2021, 6:00 PM | Updated: Jun 17, 2021, 9:01 am
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws against the Oakland Athletics during the fi...

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona Diamondbacks are getting one of their top pitchers back in the rotation Thursday.

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo announced Wednesday starting pitcher Zac Gallen has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list and will start against the San Francisco Giants.

“We’re all excited about it,” Lovullo said via Zoom. “He’s worked extremely hard to make tomorrow happen and worked extremely hard with the medical team. Working hard on his craft and everything that I’ve been reading. Sometimes I would see his bullpen’s over at Salt River. We all felt strong that this was going to be the right situation.”

Arizona on Thursday optioned right-hander Humberto Castellanos to Triple-A Reno is a corresponding move, allowing for Gallen to return.

Gallen was originally placed on the IL on May 12 after dealing with a right elbow strain. He hasn’t played since May 7, tossing 6.0 innings of one-run ball.

The Diamondbacks ace was rehabbing in the Arizona League and pitched against the Oakland A’s rookie-level minor league affiliate last Saturday.

“Going through the rehab process, throwing the bullpens, live ABs, sim games and going out there feeling strong, feeling confident, and then the next day recovering well,” Gallen said. “Those off-days have more so been the most important of bouncing back feeling like I normally do.”

Gallen added that he felt comfortable pitching in the Arizona League and was able to work on different pitches and scenarios.

“It started off pretty well,” Gallen said. “Just started trying to do different things. Got in the windup and got down the stretch, simulated some runs on base, and it was good. It was the work I think I needed.”

The D-backs pitcher threw three innings against the A’s affiliate and was cleared by Arizona’s medical team to come back up to the majors after checking all the boxes after his start.

“I was reading about the intensity of [Gallen’s] outings and the production that was coming out of them,” Lovullo said. “And we felt like he was already going to be in a very intense environment because he’s that type of guy that can challenge himself and simulate that type of live action, no matter where he’s pitching.”

In five starts this season, Gallen is sporting a 2-3 record and a 3.04 ERA. He’s struck out 32 batters and has a 1.200 WHIP.

It’s been a rough year injury-wise for the hurler, who missed time after suffering a hairline stress fracture in his throwing arm during spring training.

The D-backs will look to snap a 13-game losing streak Thursday against the Giants.

Tune to 98.7 FM, Arizona’s Sports Station at 6:45 p.m. for all the action.

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks' Sergio Alcantara (43) and Geraldo Perdomo, middle, celebrate after scoring ag...
Kellan Olson

Diamondbacks rally to beat Pirates, make up for odd defensive blunder

The Arizona Diamondbacks' seven runs in the seventh inning picked up starter Merrill Kelly after he was positioned for an undeserved loss.
1 day ago
Chicago White Sox pitcher Lance Lynn warms up in the outfield before a baseball game against the Ne...
Associated Press

‘Field of Dreams’ game Thursday sees Cubs, Reds clash

“Field of Dreams” gets another tribute when the Cincinnati Reds take on the Chicago Cubs in a throwback ballpark in the cornfields of Iowa.
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Daulton Varsho leaps in vain for a triple hit by Pittsburgh Pira...
Kellan Olson

Bizarre double play, replay review costs Diamondbacks in loss to Pirates

The D-backs loaded the bases with nobody out down 6-3 in the ninth inning against the Pirates before one of the strangest plays of the year.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Marc...
Arizona Sports

Larry Fitzgerald, Pedro Gomez in 2022 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald and late journalist Pedro Gomez are among the 2022 class entering the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
2 days ago
Tommy Henry #47 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first inning pitch against the Pittsburgh Pi...
Kellan Olson

D-backs starting pitching stays hot, Henry’s first W takes down Pirates

Diamondbacks rookie Tommy Henry continued the strong run of form from the team's starting pitching lately in a win over the Pirates.
3 days ago
Pittsburgh Pirates' Rodolfo Castro, left, watches along with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Bar...
Haboob Blog

Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro loses phone while sliding into 3rd base at Chase Field

Now here's something you don't see very often on the diamond: a cell phone popping out of a players back pocket mid-game.
3 days ago
D-backs’ Zac Gallen reinstated from IL, to start Thursday vs. Giants