Bukauskas (elbow) has begun throwing, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. He is out with a right elbow flexor strain and has not pitched since May 14. Bukauskas does not have a timetable to return. He gave up eight earned runs while striking out eight over 11 appearances out of the big-league bullpen.
Bukauskas was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right elbow flexor strain. The 24-year-old surrendered two runs on four hits over an inning Friday against the Nationals, and he'll now be sidelined by the elbow strain. Bukauskas is eligible to return May 25, but it's unclear if he's expected to be activated after a minimum stay on the shelf.
Bukauskas (1-1) allowed two runs on three hits over one inning and picked up the loss to the Marlins on Thursday. Two pitches into his stint, Bukauskas served up a home run to Adam Duvall, which broke a 1-1 tie and sent Miami on to a win. Following a four-outing hitless run after he was called up, Bukauskas has run into trouble, giving up six runs and nine hits over his last three innings.
Bukauskas (1-0) was the winning pitcher when the Diamondbacks beat the Reds on Wednesday in the completion of a game that was suspended Tuesday. He retired the lone batter he faced. Bukauskas was the pitcher of record when the Diamondbacks plated two runs in the top of the eighth inning to take a 5-4 lead, at which point Tuesday's game was suspended. Kevin Ginkel and Stefan Crichton pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to give Bukauskas the win in his MLB debut. He pitched well enough in spring training to earn a roster spot but was held back. However, with Joakim Soria (calf) nearing a return, Bukauskas could end up back at the alternate camp.
Bukauskas struck out three over a scoreless fifth inning in Saturday's spring game against the Padres. Bukauskas, a starter in the minors, is being groomed as a reliever for 2021 and has excelled in four Cactus League outings. Saturday's appearance was his first during the middle of a game -- thus, facing more experienced hitters -- which is an indication of the team's growing trust in the right-hander, who has not allowed a hit, walk or run while striking out nine over four spring innings.
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