Gallen makes no excuses for learning curve

CHICAGO — The excuse was teed up for him to use, but Zac Gallen was not having any of it.

The D-backs’ right-hander is his own toughest critic, and it is what has made him so good at such a young age, but it’s also what makes games like Friday afternoon’s 8-3 loss to the Cubs hard for him to take.

Gallen, who faced the Cubs less than a week ago, was roughed up for seven runs over four innings.

Afterward, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said that it’s been hard for Gallen to find his consistency this year given that he has had two stints on the injured list.

“He seems like just when he gets into a rhythm, he’s taking a step back with some sort of odd injury, unpredictable injury,” Lovullo said. “It’s like anything in life, once you get rolling, you get in a rhythm and start moving in a positive direction you want to keep that momentum and that feeling.

“Unfortunately, that’s been interrupted. I think it’s been a little bit of a bumpy road for him. We’ve seen some very, very good outings, we know what he’s capable of doing.”

It’s a theory that probably has some validity with Gallen’s start to the season delayed by a small fracture in his right forearm and then a six-week stretch from May 7-June 17 when a sprained right elbow kept him out of action.

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