Frias (illness) was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday.
The 22-year-old was unable to report to spring training at the start of camp after testing positive for the virus, but he's been cleared to join the team. Frias didn't end up missing significant time, so he shouldn't have any issues being ready for the start of the regular season.
The Diamondbacks placed Frias on the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
Frias didn't report to the Diamondbacks' facility last week for the start of spring training while he continues to recover from COVID-19. With Arizona making his move to the IL official Monday, the transaction frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for newly-signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday that Frias has yet to report to spring training due to a positive COVID-19 test result, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
After being added to the 40-man roster during the offseason, Frias is slated to attend big-league spring training for the second straight year. Frias will have to complete a quarantine and clear all COVID-19-related protocols before reporting to camp. The 22-year-old right-hander split the 2019 season between short-season Hillsboro and Low-A Kane County, posting a 2.83 ERA and striking out 101 over 76.1 innings.
Frias' contract was purchased by the Diamondbacks on Friday.
One of Arizona's most talented pitching prospects, Frias has a chance to develop into a high-strikeout starter or a late-inning reliever, depending on the development of his third pitch and his command. He has never pitched above Low-A but spent the summer at the alternate training site, likely setting up an assignment to High-A or Double-A in 2021.
Frias will be a part of the Diamondbacks' 60-man summer camp.
Frias is not on the 40-man roster and has yet to make his MLB debut, but he's regarded as one of Arizona's better pitching prospects, sporting a mid-90s fastball and plus curveball. The right-hander excelled in short-season ball in 2019, posting a 1.99 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 10 starts. The going got a little tougher for the 22-year-old upon a promotion to full-season ball, as he gave up 13 earned runs in 26.2 innings. There remain questions about Frias' command and third pitch, but the Diamondbacks made his development a priority with this move.
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