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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (shoulder) and relief pitcher J.B. Bukauskas (elbow) are throwing, as they continue to work their way back from injury, according to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic. Bumgarner has been sidelined for a week with left shoulder inflammation, while Bukauskas has been out for nearly a month with a right elbow flexor strain. Bukauskas had started off the year looking good on the mound by allowing just one walk with three strikeouts over his first three appearances, but since then he's allowed eight runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Meanwhile Bumgarner had put together a stretch of six great starts in a row, posting a 1.32 ERA and 4-1 record with 39 strikeouts over 34 innings of work in that span. But since May 22, Bumgarner had gone 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA over 12 innings of work. Both pitchers could have some value going forward, but managers shouldn't go out of their way to chase either one immediately upon their activation from the IL.
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen (elbow) will throw a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game on Saturday as he continues to rehab from a partial tear in his UCL, according to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic. Gallen has been out since May 7 with this injury, but it appears for now that he will not have to undergo Tommy John surgery and will be able to return this season barring any setbacks. Prior to the injury, Gallen was 1-1 with a 3.04 ERA over five starts, with 32 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings of work. Managers should continue to monitor Gallen's progress, but it's possible he could return to action before the All-Star break. That being said, given the nature of his injury and the chances that he suffers a full tear and would have to undergo surgery, managers may want to consider trying to trade away Gallen upon his return and after he makes a couple starts, in order to try and get some value from him.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Peacock (finger) left Wednesday's matchup against the Athletics. Peacock injured his right ring finger while attempting to barehand a Jed Lowrie comebacker, and while X-rays were negative, he was diagnosed with numbness. The righty is 2-3 throughout five starts this season while also racking up a 5.24 ERA to go along with 24 strikeouts. With multiple injuries throughout the Diamondbacks' rotation, Peacock has been getting some extra run as of late. Although it is unknown if he will take a trip to the 10-day, it still isn't good news for fantasy managers utilizing him to fill a void
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taylor Widener (groin) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session soon. Widener has recently been throwing from 90-feet, a positive sign after he has spent multiple trips on the injured list due to a right groin strain. Widener has played sparingly this season but still has fantasy value in deeper leagues based on his upside alone. The team likely will play it safe by not rushing him back, meaning a few rehab starts are likely in his future, but he is still worth a stash for those with room to spare.
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen (elbow) went through a simulated game on Monday, throwing 32 pitches, and is scheduled to participate in another bullpen session by Thursday. Gallen suffered a sprained elbow back on May 7 and has remained on the injured list ever since. The 25-year-old currently holds a 1-0 record and a 2.63 ERA throughout five starts on the year. With the Diamondbacks dealing with injuries throughout the rotation, the team hopes to have him back sooner rather than later.