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Diamondbacks’ Alek Thomas joins Triple-A for rehab

Diamondbacks’ Alek Thomas joins Triple-A for rehab

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Alek Thomas has taken the next step in his lengthy rehabilitation from a hamstring injury to join Triple-A Reno, where he will open and start in center field on Tuesday.

Thomas was initially planning to join Reno late last week, but was dealing with “general soreness,” the team said. He remained in the Arizona Complex League for five total games, the last of which came on Saturday.

“We’d hate to rush it and have a longer problem, I think that’s pretty much what it is,” D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall said. Bickley and Marotta from Arizona Sports Thursday. “We have to get all these guys back, but we have to make sure that once they are here, they stay here. And that’s what really worries Alek.”

Thomas has been away from the D-backs since March 31.

The center fielder took some time off and then played three games with Triple-A from May 3-5 in an initial rehab stint before the Diamondbacks shut him down due to a setback. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection the following week to treat the hamstring flare-up.

For the MLB club, Thomas appeared in four games before the injury. He had three hits, including a double and a home run, four RBIs and three strikeouts in 14 at-bats.