Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo feels “very comfortable” in saying that Ketel Marte, David Peralta and Rey Fuentes will be ready to play this week despite recent injuries.
The skipper gave updates on the players during a Monday, October 2, press conference leading up to the 5:08 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, Wild Card matchup against the Colorado Rockies at Chase Field.
Infielder Chris Owings, who broke a finger in late July, played at Salt River Fields Monday to test his progress, and Lovullo hadn’t heard the results as of the press conference.
“I’m just encouraged that he’s back on the field,” Lovullo said. “We know that he’s working hard to make good things happen.
“We’re trying to figure out if he’s a possibility for Wednesday. I don’t want to say it’s a definite no, but I want him to continue working hard with the thought of making something special happen.”
As for pitcher Jimmie Sherfy, he was expected to throw “an aggressive bullpen” today to see how he feels. He was suffering from inflamed triceps, but his MRI was negative. He was treated with a cortisone shot.
Lovullo, a first-year manager, knows the stakes for the game, and admitted he’s an adrenaline junkie. But he’s prepped for the Wild Card game and is still formulating his lineup.
“We love those moments,” he said. “We live for them. We prepare for them. We know how to navigate through them. I enjoy feeling the pressure.
“So, I feel like that entire clubhouse feels the exact same way. Emotionally, I think we’ll be prepared. Will I change my strategy? Probably not. It’s worked all year long here. We made it this far. For me to change and do something totally different, it’s really not my style. But I can assure you that, if I do, it will have a strategy. There will be a reason for it.”