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Arizona Diamondbacks Notes: Taijuan Walker, A.J. Pollock Nearing Returns

Taijuan Walker (blister) and A.J. Pollock (groin) are close to returning from the disabled list.

Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker had to be placed on the 10-day disabled list after his blister problems persisted throughout side sessions he took part on. He will throw a bullpen session on Saturday, though, and should be back to the Diamondbacks' otation by the end of next week.

Walker was already taking part in long toss before suffering a little setback in his recovery.

"The blister feels good," Walker commented, in relation to his issue. "It’s not bad. It still needs to heal a little bit more, but we’re going to take care of it. It should be good."

The bullpen session set to take place on Saturday will be the first one he throws since his setback at San Diego, but he is expected to pitch in the series against the Marlins late next week if everything goes as well, as the Diamonbacks' medical team hopes. In the meantime, he’s keeping the blister covered while undertaking the training program.

"The biggest step is throwing the bullpen without it covered," he added. "And throwing all my pitches and seeing if that feels good."

Outifelder A.J Pollock could be closing in on his return, too, as he was expected to do some live running, throwing and hitting, which is all part of his recovery after suffering a groin injury. He could be activated from the disabled list as early as next week, and he will not need to be part of any rehab assignment, as the injury isn’t as bad as it was feared. There isn’t a timetable for his return yet, though, as his condition stays day-to-day.

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