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Outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who remains on the rehab trail following major surgery on his left knee, will be making his first road trip of the season this week.

Souza is traveling with the Diamondbacks to Cincinnati, where he will be examined on Friday by Reds team physician Dr. Tim Kremchek, who performed Souza’s surgery in April.

While he is hoping Kremchek clears him to ramp up activities, Souza made it sound like a return to the field this season remains a long shot.

“I think we’ll get a better idea after this road trip of where we’re at,” Souza said. “I think ultimately I don’t want to risk something this year to hurt something for next year. I think that’s the risk/reward.”

Souza said the equation could change if the team remains alive into October, but he also didn’t want to get too far ahead of himself until he hears how Kremchek feels the recovery is going.

Souza slipped on home plate and tore up his knee in the Diamondbacks’ second-to-last exhibition game prior to Opening Day. Souza tore his ACL and LCL, partially tore his PCL and tore his posterior lateral capsule.

Given the severity of the injury Souza said things couldn’t be going better in rehab.

“We haven’t had any setbacks,” he said. “Everything has been amazing. We had an MRI at four months and, straight from Kremchek’s words, all the ligaments look pristine. The healing looks like it’s taking place. I’m not sore after doing everything; nothing really swells up. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome at this point.”

Souza has been doing “running drills,” which he said falls somewhere between jogging and sprinting. He hasn’t begun making cuts or turns. He also hasn’t started to swing the bat.

Assuming he doesn’t make it back this season, Souza said he is weighing his options when it comes to ways to get at-bats in the fall or winter, saying the instructional league as well as professional leagues in Latin America could be possibilities.

Short hops

Lovullo said right-hander Taijuan Walker will throw a bullpen session on Friday, his first since suffering a shoulder capsule injury in May as he neared a return from Tommy John surgery. Walker is hoping to return from the injured list at some point this month to at least log an inning in relief.

*Right-handers Luke Weaver and Yoshihisa Hirano also threw bullpen sessions on Wednesday, Lovullo said.

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