Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zac Gallen likely will miss the start of the regular season multiple medical tests confirmed that he has a hairline stress fracture in his pitching forearm.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement about Gallen’s condition Tuesday, saying that two doctors reviewed the results of an MRI exam, a CT scan and an X-ray.
No ligament damage was found, which Lovullo called “the best news possible.”
The manager added regarding the timeline for Gallen’s return, “We’re just going to get through this first phase, where he’s playing catch, and then reload, and I’ll keep you guys updated.”
The injury occurred while Gallen was taking batting practice on March 10. He subsequently threw 3 1/3 shutout innings in a Cactus League game on March 12, then gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings on March 17, but he hasn’t pitched since.
In four starts this spring, Gallen has a 2.13 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks in 12 2/3 innings.
Gallen, 25, broke into the majors in 2019 with the Miami Marlins, and he was traded that July to the Diamondbacks for infielder Jazz Chisholm. Overall that year, he went a combined 3-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 15 starts.
Last season, Gallen finished 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 12 starts, and he placed ninth in National League Cy Young Award voting. He struck out 82 and walked 25 in 72 innings.
–Field Level Media