PHOENIX -- Injured Arizona reliever Leo Rosales has been throwing fastballs at 60 to 70 feet -- with his right leg resting on a stool. So the fastballs aren't as fast as usual. Rosales, recovering from a stress fracture in his right ankle, hopes they will regain their velocity soon.
After "walking" from the training room to his Chase Field clubhouse locker, Rosales quipped: "Being on crutches is a workout in itself." That's because Rosales, who has missed the D-backs' past 23 games, has been instructed to completely rest his ailing ankle.
He said he will be re-evaluated on June 1 -- the halfway mark of what he hopes is only an eight-week hiatus -- to start putting pressure on the ankle and test its range of motion.
Rosales compiled a 2-0 record and 8.10 ERA in nine Major League games this season before he was placed on the 15-day disabled list after allowing seven earned runs in an April 28 relief appearance; he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 1.
Rosales suspected he would need at least a couple of bullpen sessions and Minor League rehab appearances to get back on track.
In the meantime, Rosales is able to work out his upper body, his left leg and his right arm -- as long as he's not standing.