Healthy Peralta ends homer drought

Outfielder hits first long ball of spring on Thursday

Healthy Peralta ends homer drought

PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder David Peralta hit his first home run since June 6, 2016, when he blasted a long ball just to the right of the batter's eye in Thursday's 8-5 loss to the Brewers.

Peralta was limited to 48 games last season due to a pair of injuries, the most serious of which was a right wrist ailment that required surgery in August.

Peralta played 14 games after his last regular-season homer, and he went 30 at-bats before hitting one this spring.

"I don't know when I hit the last one," Peralta said Thursday while laughing. "Just concentrating on getting a base hit and making good contact, and doubles and home runs are going to come. I'm not thinking about that. I like to put the ball in the gap and make good contact, and if you make good contact, one of those balls is going to go."

Peralta said the main thing is that his wrist feels 100 percent.

Waiting for word: There is still no timetable for left fielder Yasmany Tomas to return to action. Tomas has not played since March 6, and an MRI on Wednesday showed a left oblique strain.

"With Tomas, it's probably going to be five-to-seven days from yesterday before we get a real strong evaluation and see what his return will be," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said on Thursday.

Lovullo said he still thinks there is enough time for Tomas to be ready in time for Opening Day.

Changing pace: Robbie Ray said after his outing Thursday that he feels he is continuing to make progress with a new grip for his changeup.

Ray fans seven over four frames

Coming up with a reliable third pitch to go with his fastball and slider is a key for Ray, as is improving his pitch efficiency. Part of that is also cutting down on walks.

"I didn't walk anybody today, but I think now it's when I get ahead of guys, putting them away," Ray said. "I think that's the biggest thing now, getting 0-2, 1-2, and not letting a guy back in the count. I think that's where I'm getting into a little bit of trouble with the pitch count right now."

Thole out: Catcher Josh Thole, who felt his left hamstring "pop" while running the bases Wednesday night, underwent an MRI on Thursday, but the club had yet to hear the results.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.