Diekman (finger) pitched a bullpen Tuesday, and expects to return Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Diekman was placed on the 15-day DL due to a cut on his finger, but should be able to return by Friday. The southpaw said that he felt good after the bullpen session Tuesday, stating that his finger is fully healed and ready to go. Diekman has posted a 2.73 ERA during 33 innings of work with the Rangers this year, including a 36:13 K:BB.
Diekman (finger) has been able to throw from flat ground but hasn't received clearance to throw from the mound, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports. Diekman is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but there's been no speculation on if he'll be ready by then. A brief rehab assignment would seem to be needed, and Diekman would seem to be several days away at a minimum from beginning one at this point.
The Rangers placed Diekman on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a cut on his left index finger, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Diekman cut his finger Wednesday and will need a few more days to recover, so the team decided to place him on the disabled list to open up a roster spot for fellow reliever Keone Kela. Diekman last pitched July 6, so he will be eligible to be activated as soon as next Thursday.
Diekman pitched a perfect ninth inning while striking out two to earn his second save of the year Saturday at the Cardinals. After Sam Dyson saved games on Thursday and Friday, Diekman took advantage of a rare save opportunity by protecting a one-run lead. The lefty now boasts a 1.35 ERA to go along with a sterling 0.79 WHIP.
Diekman walked one while picking up the first save of his five-year career Thursday against the Astros. The 29-year-old left-hander was called on to provide Sam Dyson with a much-needed day off, and Diekman got the job done after inducing a game-ending double play. Surprisingly, the team's Opening Day closer, Shawn Tolleson, didn't even see the field in this one. If Tolleson is being fazed out more than originally anticipated, then Diekman may hold minimal value in deep league that award points for holds.