Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Weaver (elbow) is working his way back as a reliever, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Weaver was part of the Diamondbacks' projected rotation during spring training, before a thumb injury late in training camp scrapped those plans. The right-hander opened the regular season in the bullpen, presumably to build up innings and pitch count on the path to being a starter again, but he suffered a pronator strain that landed him on the injured list. Apparently, plans have changed in light of the (latest) injury. Weaver has been throwing bullpen sessions with long toss in between. The Diamondbacks hope he can pitch in an extended spring training game soon.
Weaver has a mild flexor pronator strain, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. He will not throw for 7-to-10 days. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo framed the diagnosis as good news. "We feel like we dodged a potential bullet," Lovullo said. The right-hander was slated for a rotation spot but was bumped when he developed a blister late in spring training. In one appearance out of the bullpen, Weaver threw 23 pitches, allowing one run in two-thirds of an inning. His fastball was down one mph from his average figure as a starter in 2021.
Weaver was placed on the 10-day injured list due to elbow inflammation Sunday. Weaver made his season debut Thursday out of the bullpen due to a blister he developed on his thumb that sidelined him during spring training. However, he may now be dealing with a more serious issue, and he will be sidelined for at least the next 10 days.
Weaver allowed one run on three hits over two-thirds of an inning in Thursday's 4-2 win over San Diego. Normally a starter, Weaver begins the season in the bullpen because of a blister on his right thumb that interrupted the right-hander's progression in camp. With 18 strikes among his 23 pitches, Weaver was around the plate but maybe caught too much of it. It's uncertain how long Weaver will remain in a relief role, but the Diamondbacks have confirmed Caleb Smith will make at least one start in his place.
Weaver (thumb) will pitch out of the bullpen to open the 2022 season, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports. Weaver made two starts in spring training, surrendering four runs on five hits and five walks over 4.1 innings of work. While he is expected to be ready for Opening Day after leaving his last start with a blister on his thumb, skipper Torey Lovullo disclosed Monday that he'll be used in relief, at least to open the year. The right-hander hasn't made an appearance out of the bullpen since the 2018 season, making 37 starts over the last three seasons. He could work as a multi-inning weapon with his strong fastball/changeup combo or he could even see high-leverage work at some point.
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