D-backs say Lamb's close; return by June 1?

D-backs say Lamb's close; return by June 1?

MIAMI -- The D-backs expect third baseman Jake Lamb back in the big leagues by June 1, according to manager Chip Hale.

Lamb, who landed on the 15-day disabled list on April 21 with a left foot stress reaction, went 2-for-4 with a single, a double and a walk in five plate appearances in the same extended spring training game as All-Star righty Patrick Corbin on Monday. Lamb did not run or play the field.

"He's close," Hale said of Lamb. "He's close to getting out there. He's going to hit again in a game and not run, and he's close to next week probably getting into some games and playing regularly."

Lamb was hitting .414 with a .514 on-base percentage when he went on the DL. Yasmany Tomas has seen the bulk of the playing time at third base since then.

• Righty David Hernandez (elbow) threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts for Class A Advanced Visalia on Monday night in his second rehab outing. Hale said Hernandez would return "sooner than later," perhaps in a week to 10 days during the upcoming homestand.

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.