Duplantier threw a simulated game where he got up to 68 pitches and 5.1 innings, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
With the Diamondbacks on the road, Duplantier is on the taxi squad and stretched out in case a starter is needed. He's a name to file away in case the team moves struggling starter Luke Weaver to the bullpen. Manager Torey Lovullo had been considering the next steps for Weaver and decided to keep him in the rotation for now.
Duplantier was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
The 26-year-old missed some time in camp after cutting his finger with a razor, and he won't make Arizona's Opening Day roster. Duplantier sat out the 2020 campaign due to an elbow injury and should return to the majors at some point this season.
Duplantier could make another one or two appearances before the end of camp, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Duplantier missed about two weeks of camp after cutting his finger with a razor at home. He returned to action Wednesday, but manager Torey Lovullo was non-committal as to whether Duplantier, who's thrown just three spring innings to date, will have shown enough to be added to the Opening Day bullpen. Lovullo did confirm that if the right-hander does not open the season with the Diamondbacks, he would be stretched out as a starter in the minors.
Duplantier (hand) threw a perfect inning in Wednesday's spring game against Cleveland.
Duplantier, who had an outing scratched due to a cut on his finger, returned to action, making just his second Cactus League appearance. He's been building up slower than others due to an elbow injury that wiped out his 2020 season. As such, he may head to extended spring training.
Duplantier (hand) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Duplantier sustained a cut on a finger of his pitching hand last week that prevented him from making a scheduled appearance. He threw 30 pitches Saturday and came out of it feeling good. Arizona coaches will determine his next step, which could involve another bullpen session or facing live hitters.
Duplantier cut his hand and did not make a scheduled appearance Monday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo talked down the injury and doesn't expect it to linger. Duplantier, who didn't play in 2020 due to an elbow injury, has appeared in just one Cactus League game, and that one game was March 4, 11 days ago. That usage suggests the right-hander is not in the Diamondbacks' bullpen plans, and perhaps the elbow isn't up to snuff. Duplantier could eventually operate as a starter at Triple-A Reno, where he started 11 games for the Aces in 2019.
Duplantier (elbow) is healthy and throwing at spring training, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Duplantier had a lost season in 2020 due to an elbow injury, and his role for 2021 is unclear. He's been a starter in the minors but moved to a bullpen role for Arizona in 2019. Although Duplantier is throwing in camp, the right-hander is building up at a slower pace than others.
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.
Duplantier was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Friday.
Duplantier was seemingly in contention for a bullpen spot, but the Diamondbacks won't wait for play to resume to send him to the minors. He posted a respectable but uninspiring 4.42 ERA and a fairly high 1.55 WHIP in his 36.2-inning debut last season.
Duplantier allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three over two scoreless innings in Tuesday's spring contest against the Dodgers.
Duplantier's trajectory as a starter was derailed last season when the Diamondbacks needed him to pitch out of the bullpen. That meant him throwing just 76.2 innings. The goal of this spring training is to stretch him out and build up innings at Triple-A Reno, putting him in line to be a fill-in or spot starter in Arizona should the need arise.
Duplantier will be stretched out as a starter this spring, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Duplantier has been a starter since childhood, but the Diamondbacks needed him to throw in relief in 2019. Manager Torey Lovullo said the team would not hesitate to use Duplantier in a similar manner if the need arises, but Lovullo is also aware the right-hander's development stalled last season. If Duplantier opens as a starter, it will likely be at Triple-A Reno.
Duplantier tossed three scoreless frames in relief Tuesday in the Diamondbacks' 3-2 win over the Cardinals in 19 innings. He scattered three hits and struck out two in the appearance.
Arizona had 12 relievers combine to shut out the Cardinals over the 13 innings, with Duplantier working the longest out of all those bullpen arms. The Diamondbacks still appear to view Duplantier as a rotation option over the long haul, but he'll continue to work in relief during the season's final week as the organization looks to manage his innings count.
Duplantier has worked to clean up his arm path in recent weeks, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Duplantier had used a long arm motion that included action with his wrist, which is the movement he's attempted to eliminate. "The fewer movements the better," he said. "You see guys at the top of the game, a lot of those guys are real efficient. Gerrit Cole, extremely efficient. (Jacob) deGrom, extremely efficient. There's no evidence to say I need all that movement to produce movement (on my pitches), throw hard, anything like that. It's just extra movement that hasn't always been there and doesn't always need to be there." The right-hander is hoping the cleaner delivery leads to better pitching and health. Duplantier missed five weeks during the season due to right shoulder inflammation.
Duplantier was recalled from Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
Duplantier worked as a starter earlier in the season for the Diamondbacks before switching to a relief role. The 25-year-old has a 4.33 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 26:12 K:BB over 27 innings this season.
Duplanter will be pitch out of the bullpen for Triple-A Reno, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Duplantier was relegated to the minors Saturday to make room for Taylor Clarke, who was called up from Triple-A Reno to start Saturday. He's been used as a starter in the minors, but due to injuries and a need to fill a bullpen role in the majors, the right-handed Duplantier has never been stretched out as much as the Diamondbacks would like. As such, he'll pitch out of the bullpen for the Aces and the Diamondbacks for the rest of the season.
Duplantier was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Saturday.
He was recalled earlier in the week and pitched two innings of relief in Friday's game, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Taylor Clarke was recalled in a corresponding move.
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