Lovullo gives injury update on Dbacks sluggers Pollock, Souza

The Arizona Diamondbacks are still holding on and winning through the month of June without two of their biggest bats, but there’s good news on that front around the corner.

Manager Torey Lovullo said on Thursday that outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who is on the 10-day disabled list for a strained his right pectoral muscle, is going to head up the road to Triple-A Reno to round out his minor league rehab assignment. Souza previously appeared in two Class A games for the Visalia Rawhide.

“The schedule is for him to migrate up to Tacoma and play with [Triple-A] Reno for the next several days,” Lovullo said. “So everything is trending well for him, too.”

Meanwhile, center fielder AJ Pollock (fractured left thumb) is cleared for baseball activities and began with batting practice in the spring training facilities at Salt River Fields.

“The plan is to have him take BP today [at Salt River Fields] and see how he feels and figure out what the best plan is moving forward,” Lovullo said. “Several people that saw him gave me great feedback as to how his day went yesterday and said that he looked really, really good. He was aggressively attacking the ball and showing no signs of the injury.

“I think the things that we have to be aware of, it’s been six weeks of non-game activity, so we want to make sure that he’s going to get out on the field and be able to run and chase balls down and be agile without taking any steps back. But he feels good; everything’s trending in a good direction.”

Despite their absence, the Diamondbacks finished their recent road trip with a 4-0 win over the Miami Marlins and now have the best record in the National League at 47-34.

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