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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bukauskas is working to better command his slider ahead of the 2020 season, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bukauskas was invited to the Astros' major-league camp Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bukauskas missed time early in the season due to a back injury, but he impressed upon his return, compiling a combined 2.14 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 71:24 K:BB across 14 starts (59 innings) with five different affiliates (rookie ball to Double-A). The 22-year-old figures to open the 2019 season with either Double-A Corpus Christi or Triple-A Fresno, though Bukauskas could reach the majors in some capacity if he continues to dominate in the upper minors.
Bukauskas made his debut at Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday, striking out eight over six scoreless innings while giving up just one hit and two walks.
Though he was sidelined for more than two months earlier in the season with an injury, the setback didn't derail what has been a banner campaign for the 21-year-old right-hander. Bukauskas has been sharp across stops at five different affiliates, most recently earning a promotion from the Carolina League after posting a 1.61 ERA and 0.93 WHIP while limiting opposing batters to a .138 average over five starts with High-A Buies Creek. He will pitch in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time and has an outside shot at reaching the big leagues in the second half of next season.
Bukauskas spun seven shutout innings for High-A Buies Creek in its 5-0 win over Winston-Salem on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and one walk and struck out five.
The right-hander had his development interrupted earlier this season when he was shut down for nearly two months due to injury, but he has been nothing short of spectacular since moving to the Carolina League earlier in August. Through three starts, the North Carolina product has given up just two runs over 18 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .136 average. With a hot finish to the campaign, the 21-year-old could have a shot at opening the 2019 season at Double-A Corpus Christi.
Bukauskas was reinstated from the 7-day disabled list at Low-A Quad Cities and started Saturday in the affiliate's 4-0 win over West Michigan, tossing five scoreless innings and striking out seven.
Prior to his activation, Bukauskas made one start in the Gulf Coast League and another three in the New York-Penn League. The 21-year-old, who was a first-round selection in the 2017 first-year player draft, will likely have his pitch counts monitored carefully in his first few outings back from the injury, which had kept him on the shelf for nearly three months.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/09||@ NYM||L 2-4||0.2||0||0||1||1|
|05/06||@ MIA||L 1-3||1||1.0||3||2||0||0|
|05/04||@ MIA||L 3-9||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|05/01||vs COL||L 6-14||1.0||2||1||0||2|
|04/28||vs SD||L 3-12||0.0||4||3||0||0|
|04/27||vs SD||W 5-1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/23||@ ATL||L 4-5||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||15.0||4||4||0||1||2||0||21||7||15||4.20||1.467|
|2018||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||28.0||5||5||0||3||0||0||31||13||13||1.61||0.929|
|2018||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||6.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||8||2||1||0.00||0.500|
|2019||AAX-Corpus Christi Hooks||85.2||20||14||0||2||4||1||98||54||81||5.28||1.585|