Widener (ribs) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday.
The strained right rib cage ended up costing Widener more than three weeks. He enjoyed some success early on, but the right-hander's role does not project to be fantasy friendly; he will likely work mostly in the middle innings.
Widener (ribs) is traveling with the Diamondbacks and will throw a 30-pitch simulated game Wednesday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Widener was placed on the injured list Sept 1 with a strained rib cage, and manager Torey Lovullo is optimistic the right-hander will return this season. Widener has a 4.42 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 10 walks over 18.1 relief innings.
Widener was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a strained right rib cage.
After Robbie Ray was traded to the Blue Jays on Monday and Merrill Kelly (shoulder) underwent a season-ending procedure last week, Widener looked like he might be a candidate to make some starts for Arizona in September. The injury likely takes any opportunity Widener had to join the rotation off the table. Even if the strained rib cage sidelines him for the minimum amount of time, Widener probably wouldn't have sufficient time to build up to a starter's workload with the regular season coming to an end Sept. 27.
Widener (0-1) gave up a run on two hits and a walk with one strikeout in two innings in a loss to the Rockies on Monday.
Widener gave up a double to Tony Wolters and an RBI single to Raimel Tapia in the fifth inning. That was the last run of the game, and enough to give Widener his first loss this year. The reliever has been solid with a 3.38 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 19 strikeouts across 16 innings in a long-relief role.
Widener allowed two hits and one walk while striking out two over 3.2 innings in Tuesday's 8-2 loss to the Astros.
Widener was needed for bulk innings on a night when starter Madison Bumgarner was gone after 4.1 innings with the Diamondbacks trailing 8-1. With the game out of hand, manager Torey Lovullo asked Widener to save the bullpen, and the right-hander obliged. He was a starter in the minors but is serving in a bulk-inning role and as a spot starter if needed. After being roughed up during his final summer camp outing, Widener hasn't been scored on in three starts during the regular season. He's allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings.
Widener allowed six runs on five hits over four innings in Sunday's exhibition game against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Widener, who is battling for a spot in the bullpen, ran into immediate trouble in the first inning. The first three men he faced reached base on two walks and a single before Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam. "The velo was there, the shape of his pitches was there, but it just wasn't consistent," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "I think that the repeatability aspect of it for a young pitcher is something they continue to learn day by day." Widener was lauded by Arizona pitching coach Matt Herges during summer camp, but the results didn't carry over to Sunday's outing.
Widener will start Sunday night's exhibition game against the Dodgers, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Widener impressed pitching coach Matt Herges during summer camp, but he was not a serious candidate for the No. 5 starter job that officially went to Merrill Kelly on Saturday. The Diamondbacks will use Widener and Taylor Clarke (Monday) for the two exhibition games in Los Angeles. It's unclear if either player will be on the Opening Day roster, but both should serve as depth starters and/or bulk-inning pitchers this season.
Diamondbacks pitching coach Matt Herges singled out Widener as a standout in camp, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Widener made one intrasquad start last week, when he struck out five and allowed one hit over four scoreless innings. Herges raved about the right-hander's command of three pitches -- fastball, slider and changeup -- and believes the 25-year-old will learn from a disappointing 2019 and become a better pitcher for it. Across 100 innings at Triple-A Reno, Widener logged an 8.10 ERA with 23 home runs allowed, 41 walks and 109 strikeouts.
The Diamondbacks optioned Widener to Triple-A Reno on March 8.
Arizona protected Widener from the Rule 5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster over the winter, but the righty wasn't a serious threat to make the Diamondbacks' Opening Day rotation. He'll be looking for redemption when he reports back to Reno after logging an 8.10 ERA and 1.74 WHIP across 100 innings with the affiliate in 2019.
Widener was added to the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster Wednesday.
Widener's 8.10 ERA over his 100 innings pitched for Triple-A Reno last season ranked worst among Pacific Coast League pitchers with at least 100 innings. However, his 5.57 xFIP tells a different story, especially considering that he made a change in his delivery midway through the season that helped him find some success. The 25-year-old could enter the conversation for a spot in the major-league rotation sometime next season if the pitching staff underwhelms again in 2020. His addition to the 40-man roster protects him from the Rule 5 draft.
Widener made a correction in his delivery and has pitched to a 3.67 ERA over his last five starts at Triple-A Reno, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Widener opened the season with a 10.57 ERA over the first 11 starts but has been much better since Reno pitching coach Jeff Bajenaru spotted something on video. "My timing was a little bit off and my arm was late," Widener said. "I was just a little bit late on everything. I was kind of fighting that off, pulling off a little bit, and everything was inconsistent. My command wasn't very good." The Diamondbacks are coping with injuries and ineffectiveness in the starting rotation, so Widener's resurgence should put him on the radar for a spot in the rotation.
Widener struck out nine over seven shutout innings Thursday in Double-A Jackson's 2-1 win over Chattanooga. He gave up three hits and no walks while tossing 99 pitches.
The right-hander ran his scoreless streak to 16 innings and has now allowed no more than three runs in any of his last eight outings, netting a 1.97 ERA over that stretch. The 23-year-old leads all Double-A pitchers with 151 strikeouts over 119.1 innings this season and paces the Southern League with a 0.98 WHIP and .188 batting average against.
Widener yielded one run on three hits and struck out a career-high 13 in a seven-inning complete game Saturday for Double-A Jackson in its 1-0 loss to Tennessee.
It's already the third double-digit strikeout game of the campaign for Widener, who has achieved the feat without covering more than seven innings in any of those outings. With a quality start in six of his last nine turns and a 2.60 ERA and 1.02 WHIP across 86.2 innings on the season, the 23-year-old has made a strong case for a promotion to Triple-A Reno.
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