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Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen goes on 15-day IL with a strained right hamstring

NEW YORK – Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zac Gallen was placed on the 15-day injured list Friday because of a strained right hamstring.

The defending National League champions recalled right-hander Slade Cecconi from Triple-A Reno for the second game of a four-game series against the New York Mets.

Gallen was six pitches away from starting Thursday night at Citi Field. He returned to Arizona on Friday to undergo an MRI and be evaluated by team doctors.

The 28-year-old right-hander is 5-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 11 starts. He finished in the top five of the NL Cy Young Award voting each of the past two years, including third place last season when he went 17-9 with a 3.47 ERA in 210 innings and made his first All-Star team.

Gallen’s injury is the latest blow to a slumping Diamondbacks team that had lost four straight games and fell six games below .500 at 25-31, matching a season low. Arizona was already missing starters Merrill Kelly, who has been sidelined since April 15 with a right shoulder strain, and Eduardo Rodriguez, who has not pitched this season because of a left shoulder strain after signing a four-year, $80 million contract as a free agent.

“It hurts, there’s no doubt about it,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “I hated having to take him off the field. I think everyone felt the same. But no one can feel sorry for themselves.”

Rodriguez throws at 75 feet, Lovullo said, and Kelly will begin a throwing program next week.

All-Star shortstop Geraldo Perdomo (right meniscus tear) was scheduled to play a minor league rehab game Friday in the Arizona Complex League, getting three at-bats as a designated hitter.

Right-handed reliever Miguel Castro (right shoulder inflammation) was scheduled to throw from 100 feet.

Cecconi, 24, was 1-4 with a 6.12 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance for the Diamondbacks earlier this season. He is 1-5 with a 5.31 ERA in 13 Major League games (nine starts) – all with Arizona in the last two years.

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