DENVER – Manager Torey Lovullo said the Diamondbacks received good news this week on outfielder Jarrod Dyson, whose recent injury apparently was not a recurrence of the core injury that required surgery last season.
Dyson, who is on the disabled list with a strained right groin, was examined in Philadelphia this week by Dr. Bill Meyers, the surgeon who performed Dyson’s procedure in September.
“He said there was some scar tissue in there and they gave him an injection to break that up to give him a little bit of relief,” Lovullo said, adding that Dyson was said to be “structurally sound.”
“He’s going to have some downtime. Once we get back from the break, we’ll look to ramp him up and get him back on the field. For right now, rest is the most important thing for him.”
Dyson had to be removed from the game on July 4 after pulling up in discomfort following a base hit to center field. The Diamondbacks were concerned the injury might have been more serious.
“Initially, when he comes off the field, you want to make sure that everything is intact and that’s the reason he went to see Dr. Meyers,” Lovullo said. “They take him off the field, you always hold your breath. But we got some good news from that.”
The Diamondbacks’ win on Tuesday night was their ninth in a row at Coors Field, a stretch that dates to June 21, 2017.
The Rockies have been outscored 80-33 and are hitting just .226 in those nine games. The Diamondbacks have hit .302 with a robust .950 OPS (on-base-plus-slugging).
“We do a good job of keeping extra runners off the bases, so when we give up big hits it’s not a huge blow,” Lovullo said. “That lineup is very potent over there, so you’ve got to be able to navigate it. I think we have a good game plan to work against that lineup and we’re not giving up huge innings.”
Double-A right-hander Jon Duplantier, the Diamondbacks’ top prospect, is taking steps toward a return from right biceps tendinitis, an injury that’s kept him out since late May.
Duplantier resumed throwing off the mound earlier this month, farm director Mike Bell said, and will face live hitters for the first time on Friday.
If all goes well, Bell said Duplantier could be back in minor league games by early August.
Right-hander Fernando Salas, who was removed from the 40-man roster and designated for assignment on July 6, cleared waivers, refused an outright assignment to the minor leagues and elected free agency. Salas posted a 4.50 ERA in 41 appearances for the Diamondbacks.
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