Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said Duplantier (elbow) is not expected to join the team in 2020, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Duplantier has been dealing with elbow discomfort since April. The GM said the time needed for Duplantier and fellow injured pitcher Corbin Martin (elbow) to ramp up for an appearance would make pitching in 2020 unlikely.
Duplantier (elbow) is slowly ramping up a throwing program, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Duplantier is working back from elbow soreness that cropped up in April. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said it's likely the right-hander will not be ready to go when the season begins July 24. As a rookie in 2019, Duplantier logged a 4.42 ERA over 36.2 innings mostly as a reliever. He was expected to serve in a starting role in 2020, though he is not currently part of the projected five-man rotation.
Diamonbacks general manager Mike Hazen confirmed an MRI of Duplantier's elbow showed "a little wear and tear," Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. Since summer camp opened up, it was learned that Duplantier experienced elbow discomfort in April and has been shut down. Hazen said other than the area found in the MRI, the elbow is structurally fine and the team is hopeful Duplantier will pitch in 2020. The right-hander is considered a piece of the starting depth the Diamonbacks will have this season.
Duplantier is behind the rest of the Diamondbacks' pitchers as he's working his way back from being shut down with elbow soreness in April, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. It's not clear how severe the issue was, but the fact that he appears to be throwing now suggests he's not going to miss too much time to start the season, if any. The 25-year-old righty recorded an unremarkable 4.42 ERA in 36.2 innings last season.
Duplantier will be among the pitchers making up Arizona's starting depth, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. After Mike Leake opted not to participate in the 2020 season, the Diamondbacks' fifth starter job opened up. Merrill Kelly is the frontrunner to replace Leake while Duplantier joins a group that includes Taylor Clarke and Alex Young in the next tier of starters. Duplantier, who pitched out of the bullpen in 2019, was stretched out during spring training and would have worked as a starter at Triple-A Reno before the season was paused.
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