Timelines offered for Alek Thomas, Merrill Kelly

Manager Torey Lovullo showed when a few injured players could return to action for the Diamondbacks.

Midfielder Alek Thomas, who played in his second rehab game in the rookie-level Arizona Complex League on Saturday, is pointing to a return sometime during the next homestand, Lovullo said.

Thomas will play one more game in the complex league on Monday before joining Triple-A Reno on Wednesday. He will likely remain in Reno all weekend, Lovullo said. The Diamondbacks’ next homestand starts June 25 vs. Minnesota.

As for right-hander Merrill Kelly, Lovullo acknowledged that his No. 2 starter likely won’t be back before mid-July.

“It might be a little bit after the All-Star break,” Lovullo said. “We’re just being very careful with Merrill. He knows his body well. He provides great input.”

Lovullo added: “We’re just going to be extremely careful. If we have to wait some extra time up front to get him back for the remaining (two months) of baseball, then we’ll sign up for that.”

Sunday’s pitching game between Diamondbacks and White Sox

White Sox at Diamondbacks, 1:10 p.m., Cox, Ch. 34

Diamondbacks LHP Jordan Montgomery (4-4, 6.58) vs. White Sox RHP Drew Thorpe (0-0, 1.80).

At Chaseveld: Montgomery had struggled in his previous two outings before turning in a more competitive outing against the Angels, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings. … While Montgomery’s numbers aren’t good, he’s been a good bet to keep the Diamondbacks in games, holding opponents to three runs or less in six of his 10 starts. … Montgomery owns a 2.20 ERA in 28 2/3 career innings against the White Sox. C Martin Maldonado is 3-for-4 with two career home runs against Montgomery. … Thorpe was traded twice in the past year, first from the Yankees to the Padres in the OF Juan Soto deal, and then from the Padres to the White Sox in the RHP Dylan Cease trade. … This will be Thorpe’s second career start. He made his Major League debut against Seattle on Tuesday, holding the Mariners to two runs (one earned) in five innings, walking two and striking out four. … Thorpe’s best pitch would be his changeup. He induced seven whiffs on 19 swings in his debut, a strong rate of 36.8 percent.


Monday: Off.

Tuesday: At Washington, 3:45 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Slade Cecconi (1-5, 6.70) vs. Nationals RHP Jake Irvin (5-5, 3.00).

Wednesday: At Washington, 1:05 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Brandon Pfaadt (3-5, 4.38) vs. Nationals LHP Patrick Corbin (1-7, 5.84).

Thursday: At Washington, 10:05 a.m., Diamondbacks RHP Ryne Nelson (4-5, 5.49) vs. Nationals LHP MacKenzie Gore (6-5, 3.24).