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33 J.B. Bukauskas RP

Arizona Diamondbacks

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June 23, 2021 06:20 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Faces hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 21, 2021 07:08 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Ready to face hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas (elbow) will face hitters Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Bukauskas has already missed over a month with a flexor strain. He's making progress towards a return to action, though the Diamondbacks have yet to specify when that's expected to happen.

June 11, 2021 06:44 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Begins throwing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 15, 2021 07:04 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Out with elbow flexor strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 7, 2021 02:24 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Tagged with loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 22, 2021 10:56 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Earns win in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 19, 2021 01:08 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Headed to big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Diamondbacks recalled Bukauskas from their taxi squad Sunday.

The 24-year-old right-hander will receive his first MLB call-up on the heels of an impressive spring training. Arizona may let Bukauskas get his feet wet in lower-leverage spots out of the bullpen initially, but he could quickly seize a more prominent role given the club's lack of reliable late-inning arms. Bukauskas boasts a mid-90s fastball and plus slider that should allow him to find success out of the bullpen.

March 16, 2021 03:28 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Won't make Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Diamondbacks optioned Bukauskas to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

Bukauskas was the most surprising of the Diamondbacks' five roster cuts Tuesday, as he appeared to be on solid ground in his bid for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen. The Diamondbacks are expected to continue developing Bukauskas as a reliever as he heads back to the minors, but the organization presumably wants to see how he fares in his first exposure to Triple-A hitters before considering a promotion. Bukauskas endured a rough 2019 campaign with the Diamondbacks' and Astros' Double-A affiliates, compiling a 5.44 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 92.2 innings.

March 15, 2021 12:40 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Thriving in bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 18, 2021 02:28 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Preparing as reliever
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas will spend this spring as a reliever, though the Diamondbacks aren't closing the door on him as a starter down the line, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Bukauskas has been almost exclusively a starter in the minors, but his command issues hint that the bullpen may be his best home. He has great stuff, and he's now on the 40-man roster, so it's not out of the question that he could help the bullpen right away.

November 20, 2020 07:04 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Contract selected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas was added to the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster Friday.

Bukauskas was part of the 60-man player pool in 2020, but he failed to make his major-league debut. He'll now be protected from the Rule 5 draft due to his addition to the 40-man roster.

June 29, 2020 04:56 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Added to 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas will be a part of the Diamondbacks' 60-man summer camp.

Bukauskas, who is not on the 40-man roster, will get a camp invite to gauge if some of the right-hander's raw potential can translate to utility at the highest level this season. He arrived in Arizona via the Zack Greinke trade last July, but his season was cut short due to elbow and wrist issues. Bukauskas had posted a 5.44 ERA with two Double-A clubs last season, and saw brief work with the D-Backs in spring training in 2020 before games were shut down due tot he pandemic.

April 3, 2020 10:32 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Needs to command slider
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas is working to better command his slider ahead of the 2020 season, Mike Rosenbaum of reports.

Bukauskas has power stuff but harnessing it has been a challenge, according to Diamondbacks director of pro scouting Josh Barfield. "Command of the [slider] is going to be huge for him," Barfield noted. "He has a big arm and is really an aggressive guy, so being able to land his breaking ball is key for him, because big-league hitters won't chase out of the zone as much and can punish fastballs." Bukauskas posted a 5.44 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 92.2 innings with 109 strikeouts and 59 walks at the Double-A Level. Barfield said the Diamondbacks will work with the 23-year-old right-hander on pitch usage as well, getting him to be more economical.

March 6, 2020 10:24 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Makes spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas (wrist) allowed one hit over a scoreless inning in Thursday's spring game against the Rangers.

Bukauskas escaped unscathed in his spring debut despite surrendering a couple of hard-hit balls. The right-hander, whose 2019 was cut short by an elbow injury, was delayed this spring due to a minor wrist injury. "I just wanted to feel good, more than anything," Bukauskas told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "Have the wrist and elbow feel good. They did, so the fact that it was a clean inning was good enough for me." Bukauskas' fastball sat in the mid-90s.

March 4, 2020 06:56 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Debut coming
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas (wrist) is scheduled to make his spring debut Thursday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Bukauskas, who was one of the pieces the Diamondbacks acquired from the Astros in the Zack Greinke deal last year, has been dealing with a minor wrist injury. Piecoro notes Bukauskas paired a mid-90s fastball with a wipeout slider during his spring throwing sessions. A consistent third pitch (changeup) has been elusive thus far in the minors. The 23-year-old right-hander hasn't lived up to the hype of being a first-round draft pick in 2017, and he could eventually transition to relief.

February 16, 2020 10:08 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Elbow fine, now it's wrist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas said his elbow is back to normal, but Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said the right-hander is experiencing discomfort in his wrist, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Lovullo expects Bukauskas to get back to the mound at some point this week. The 23-year-old starter, who was acquired from Houston in the Zack Greinke deal, was the 15th overall pick in the 2017 draft, but he didn't throw strikes consistently in 2019. He registered 5.7 BB/9 in Double-A while pitching to a 5.44 ERA.

January 21, 2020 03:56 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Joining major-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas (elbow) will join the Diamondbacks' big-league camp, source reports.

Bukauskas was shut down by elbow soreness after making just two appearances in the Diamondbacks' system following his deadline-day move from Houston in the Zack Greinke trade. It's not clear whether the issue is expected to affect him heading into camp.

August 15, 2019 03:00 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Dealing with elbow soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas has been placed on the minor-league injured list with elbow soreness, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Bukauskas, who was one of four players acquired from Houston in the Zack Greinke trade, is headed back to Phoenix for an evaluation. In two starts at Double-A Jackson since the trade, the right-hander has allowed six runs on 10 hits and five walks over 10 innings.

July 31, 2019 04:32 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Traded to Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas was traded from the Astros to the Diamondbacks along with Corbin Martin, Seth Beer and Josh Rojas in exchange for Zack Greinke, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

In what could have been a breakout season for the 6-foot righty, Bukauskas' prospect stock has taken a slight hit. He has a 5.25 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 85.2 innings at Double-A. The jury is still out on whether he will throw enough quality strikes to stick in the rotation long term. If that fails, his fastball/slider combo could make him a lights-out reliever.

March 13, 2019 04:00 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Moves to minor-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas headed to minor-league camp Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Bukauskas got to throw seven innings on the big-league side, allowing just a single run on three hits while posting an 8:5 K:BB. That high walk rate will be his main challenge as he looks to climb multiple levels this season.

Last 7 Games
05/14vs WASL 2-171.04201
05/13vs MIAL 1-51.01001
05/09@ NYML 2-40.20011
05/06@ MIAL 1-311.03200
05/04@ MIAL 3-91.00000
05/01vs COLL 6-141.02102
04/28vs SDL 3-120.04300
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Arizona Diamondbacks
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