Barrett tossed a scoreless seventh inning in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Braves, notching one strikeout.
A key setup man for the Diamondbacks in 2016, Barrett will have to work his way back up the bullpen ranks after a shoulder injury suffered in spring training sidelined him until early May. Once he was deemed healthy, Barrett ended up spending nearly two months with Triple-A Reno before he received the call back to the big leagues in early July. He's looked solid during his three appearances to date, but still looks to be ticketed for middle-relief work for the foreseeable future.
With Rubby De La Rosa hitting the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, Barrett will come back up to the big league club for the first time this season. Barrett posted middling numbers in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League prior to his call-up, notching a 5.68 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP across 19.0 innings. He'll provide some right-handed depth to the Arizona bullpen, but is unlikely to see much work in high-leverage situations.
Barrett (shoulder) was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday, Jack Magruder of FanRag Sports reports.
The right-hander's rehab assignment concluded Thursday, but the Diamondbacks simply did not have room on the 25-man roster. He figures to slot into the bullpen at Triple-A, but he could be one of the first relievers called up should one of the Diamondbacks' right-handed relievers begin to falter.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo indicated that Barrett (shoulder) wouldn't be assured a spot on the 25-man roster once he's activated from the 10-day disabled list, Nick Piecoro and Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic reports.
Barrett has been out since spring training while tending to shoulder problems, but it looks as though he's nearly back to full strength after making his first minor-league rehab appearance with High-A Visalia on Saturday. The right-hander surrendered one hit during his lone inning, but recorded all three of his outs via strikeout during the appearance. The Diamondbacks will likely want to see how Barrett looks over a few additional appearances before activating him, but it's unclear if there will be room for him in the bullpen. At the very least, it seems the 25-year-old, who was arguably the team's top reliever a season ago with a 3.49 ERA over 68 appearances, will find himself lower in the pecking order in what's been an improved bullpen thus far in 2017.
Barrett (shoulder) is expected to throw a live batting practice session Saturday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
The young righty has been out since early spring training with shoulder inflammation, though it appears he's making great strides in extended spring training. Barrett will likely require a short rehab stint before he returns to the D-Backs' bullpen, but should get plenty of opportunities to build off his 2016 campaign, when he posted a 3.49 ERA and 56 strikeouts over 68 appearances.
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