The Diamondbacks are whittling down their options in the bullpen and are just a few days away from naming their full assortment of relievers. One of them, however, won’t be ready for Opening Day.
Right-hander Jake Barrett, projected to be a late-inning setup man, remains in a throwing program after developing shoulder stiffness earlier this spring and won’t be ready for Arizona’s opener against the Giants on April 2 at Chase Field.
Barrett is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday, but there isn’t enough time to get him up to speed.
“His return to play is going to follow the natural process of ramping up to live BP, to games, to maybe some rehab appearances, so we’re not going to rush him,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “He’s such a valuable piece to this puzzle, we’re not going to rush.”