He was supposed to make his 2022 MLB debut on Tuesday, but that won’t be happening now.
Fortunately, this setback is of the minor variety, and fans will be able to watch him on the mound soon enough.
“The Diamondbacks are pushing Zac Gallen’s first start of the year back by a couple of days due to a small cut on his thumb, a source said. Gallen should pitch this weekend in New York. Madison Bumgarner will go tomorrow, Merrill Kelly on Wednesday,” Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro tweeted on Monday.
The Diamondbacks are pushing Zac Gallen's first start of the year back by a couple of days due to a small cut on his thumb, a source said. Gallen should pitch this weekend in New York. Madison Bumgarner will go tomorrow, Merrill Kelly on Wednesday.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) April 11, 2022
Injuries limited the talented Gallen, acquired a couple of years ago from the Miami Marlins in exchange for talented shortstop Jazz Chisholm, to 23 starts in 2021.
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He covered 121.1 innings over those 23 starts, but the team around him was very, very bad: he finished with a 4-10 record despite a decent 4.30 ERA.
He struck out 139 foes and compiled a 1.29 WHIP.
Fans, when they saw the D-Backs scratch Gallen from his start early in the week, surely thought about something more severe: we don’t have to go too far to find an alarming injury, a bout of shoulder bursitis, over the offseason.
The battle with the shoulder bursitis actually delayed his spring training routine for a few days, which is why he wasn’t a lock to make the Opening Day rotation.
He overcame the ailment, however, and now Arizona hopes he can return to his best.
Gallen was one of the National League’s best pitchers in 2020, posting a 2.75 ERA in 12 starts and 72 innings that year.NEXT: What Happened To Luis Gonzalez? (Complete Story)