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Top J.B. Bukauskas News

  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Shifts to Reno

    Bukauskas (shoulder) had his rehab assignment moved to Triple-A Reno on Saturday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Bukauskas made two appearances at the rookie-level Arizona Complex League, striking out three over two scoreless innings, before shifting north to Reno. He pitched for the Aces on Saturday, allowing one hit in a scoreless frame.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Begins rehab assignment

    Bukauskas (shoulder/hamstring) struck out a batter in a perfect inning Saturday in his first rehab appearance for the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate.

    Bukauskas has been on the 60-day injured list all season due to a Grade 2 shoulder strain, an injury he sustained in the spring. He had his timeline pushed back earlier in June after experiencing hamstring tightness, but he appears to have moved past that injury and has now resumed ramping back up from the shoulder injury. He'll likely make at least one more rehab appearance in the ACL before potentially moving up to a higher-level affiliate.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Program set back

    Bukauskas (shoulder) had his rehab program paused due to hamstring tightness, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Bukauskas recently moved from throwing at distance to a bullpen session but may need to restart the process with a new injury.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Throws bullpen session

    Bukauskas (shoulder) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session May 27, Jake Rill and Jack Sommers of MLB.com report.

    Bukauskas is working his way back from a Grade 2 teres major strain sustained in mid-March and is currently on the 60-day injured list. It's similar to an injury teammate Taylor Clarke had last season, which sidelined him for more than seven weeks.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Extends throwing distance

    Bukauskas (shoulder) is throwing from out to 90 feet, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Bukauskas is progressing, albeit at an incremental pace, in his recovery from a Grade 2 strain of the teres major muscle. The right-hander is on the 60-day injury list and not expected back until some point in June.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Begins throwing

    Bukauskas (shoulder) has resumed throwing, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Bukauskas suffered a Grade 2 strain of the teres major muscle in his right shoulder during his lone outing in spring training. The right-hander is playing catch at a distance of 60 feet.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Placed on 60-day injured list

    Bukauskas (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day injured list Thursday.

    The move doesn't change Bukauskas' return timeline, as he was already expected to miss multiple months with a Grade 2 shoulder strain. It clears a spot for the Diamondbacks to add the recently-signed Zach Davies to the 40-man roster.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Out months with shoulder tear

    Bukauskas will miss multiple months due to a Grade 2 tear of his teres major, reports Steve Gilbert of MLB.com

    Bukauskas will hit the injured list for what manager Torey Lovullo called "months not weeks." The pitcher will look to recover in time to perhaps factor into Arizona's plans late in the season.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Reasons for demotion given

    Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said Bukauskas' demotion was due to the reliever's inconsistency, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Bukauskas has alternated between dominant and hittable outings this season, which prompted Thursday's option to Triple-A Reno. "From a manager's standpoint, I need dependability," Lovullo said. "I need to know what's coming out of the bullpen every time. If you're consistent and you know what's going to be happening with each guy that you're going to put into a game, it makes my decision a lot easier." The demotion preceded a bullpen meltdown Thursday during a 5-4 loss to the Giants, in which Taylor Clarke and Tyler Clippard combined to blow a 4-0 ninth-inning lead. There should be a roster spot for someone like Bukauskas in a bullpen that features three guys signed to minor-league contracts in the offseason and two claimed off waivers in 2021, but first he needs to earn his manager's trust.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Optioned to minors

    The Diamondbacks optioned Bukauskas to Triple-A Reno following Wednesday's game against the Giants.

    The righty has appeared in three games since being recalled July 30, most recently throwing a scoreless inning in Wednesday's contest. Bukauskas' overall numbers this season are not good, though, as he has a 7.79 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in 17.1 big-league relief innings.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Recalled by Arizona

    Bukauskas was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Friday.

    Bukauskas spent a week and a half in the minors and struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings across two appearances at Triple-A Reno. He should serve as middle-relief help in the big leagues.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Optioned to Triple-A

    Bukauskas was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday.

    Bukauskas earned his second win of the season Tuesday by striking out two in a perfect inning against the Pirates, but he'll now head back to the minors after strong performances in each of his last two innings. Although the right-hander has a 7.98 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in 14.2 innings across 18 appearances in the big leagues this year, he could rejoin Arizona's bullpen at some point if he performs well at Triple-A Reno.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Snares win

    Bukauskas (2-2) struck out two over a perfect seventh inning and was the winning pitcher in Tuesday's 11-6 win over the Pirates.

    Bukauskas was the beneficiary of Arizona's eight-run seventh inning, but he was impressive nonetheless, using his entire repertoire to dispatch Pittsburgh on 14 pitches (10 strikes). Both of his post-break outings have been scoreless. The Diamondbacks will be giving Bukauskas plenty of chances over the final months to chisel away at a 7.98 ERA.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Handed second loss

    Bukauskas (1-2) took the loss in Sunday's 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Dodgers, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.

    Bukauskas came in for the ninth in a 4-4 game and surrendered a single, sacrifice, intentional walk and game-ending Max Muncy home run to take the loss. The rookie enters the break with 12.2 innings across 16 appearances and unsightly 9.24 ERA but may receive additional opportunities on a tanking Diamondbacks team.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Shaky command in loss

    Bukauskas allowed four unearned runs on one hit and three walks in Friday's 11-4 loss to the Giants.

    This was Bukauskas' first outing after being activated off the 10-day injured list Thursday, and he threw just 16 strikes among his 30 pitches. After a walk, a double play and another walk, he nearly got out of the inning unscathed, but Nick Ahmed's throwing error kept the inning alive. One walk later, Thairo Estrada took Bukauskas deep for a grand slam. The young reliever is expected to remain with the Diamondbacks, who need to evaluate him as a possible high-leverage reliever going forward.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Back from injured list

    Bukauskas (elbow) was activated from the 10-day injured list Thursday.

    The right-hander began a rehab assignment last weekend and will rejoin the active roster after missing six-plus weeks with a flexor strain. Bukauskas struggled in 11 outings prior to the injury with a 8.31 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 8:2 K:BB over 8.2 frames.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Initiates rehab assignment

    Bukauskas (elbow) struck out two over one scoreless inning for Triple-A Reno on Saturday.

    Bukauskas began a rehab assignment Saturday after throwing two bullpen sessions this week. As a reliever, he shouldn't need very many outings before rejoining the Diamondbacks' bullpen.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Throws bullpen

    Bukauskas (elbow) threw a bullpen session Thursday, according to MLB.com.

    That's the second time this week Bukauskas has thrown, and he's expected to begin a rehab assignment soon.

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  • Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Faces hitters

    Bukauskas (elbow) threw one inning and 23 pitches in a live batting practice/simulated game environment Tuesday.

    Bukauskas, who has been sidelined since May 15 with a flexor strain, continued a throwing program that began June 11.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 208 lbs
Birthplace: Ashburn, VA
Age: 25
School: North Carolina
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: R, R