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Diamondbacks' Zack Greinke: Misses out on two-start week
Greinke is scheduled to make his next start Monday against the Rockies in Colorado, Shaun O'Neill of MLB.com reports.
Much to the chagrin of Greinke's fantasy managers, the Diamondbacks' decision to add a fifth starter (Taylor Clarke) to their rotation Saturday in San Francisco will result in the ace missing out on a cushy two-start week. After turning in his eighth consecutive quality start in Tuesday's loss to San Diego, Greinke will now be challenged to keep that streak going when he returns to the hill at the hitters' haven that is Coors Field.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb: Puts brakes on running
Lamb (quadriceps) stopped his running drills Tuesday because his leg did not feel right, Shaun O'Neill of MLB.com reports.
Lamb had increased the intensity of his running but may have done too much too soon. I don't want to say that he took a step backward, but he felt a little bit of weakness and stopped what he was doing. It was a neutral day. It wasn't a progressive day, like he's been having. It's not terrible news," said manager Torey Lovullo. The manager added the move to shut down Lamb's running was a precaution to prevent a setback.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Christian Walker: Rides up and down season
Walker went 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Padres.
Walker has experienced the peaks and valleys most inexperienced major-league hitters endure. He's in a valley right now. The 28-year-old is hitting .184 (16-for-87) with one home run and three RBI over the last 23 games. As Walker's slump stretches on, reinforcements are on the way. Jake Lamb (quadriceps) is ramping up activity and could return by the end of the month. That could have an impact on Walker's playing time.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar: Continues hot hitting
Escobar went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Wednesday against the Padres.
Escobar accounted for the team's only runs Wednesday, doubling in a run in the sixth inning and following that up with an RBI single in the ninth frame. He continues to rank among the National League leaders n RBI, with his performance Wednesday bringing his total on the season to 34. Escobar has swung the bat especially well of late, smacking four home runs, two triples and two doubles across his past 10 games. He's now hitting .279/.344/.547 in 212 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Merrill Kelly: Has disastrous outing
Kelly (4-5) allowed four earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out none across 1.2 innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Padres.
Kelly allowed five hitters to reach base in the first inning, punctuated by a two-RBI single by Eric Hosmer. Things didn't go much better to begin the second frame, and he was ultimately pulled after following his fourth earned run with consecutive walks. While this was his shortest outing of the season, Kelly had another blowup outing in his start on May 6, allowing seven earned runs across four innings. His skills match his 4.75 ERA and 1.55 WHIP, as he's posted a 1.4 HR/9 while handing out 3.7 BB/9 across 53 innings. Things aren't likely to get much better in his next start, currently scheduled for Tuesday at Coors Field.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Jimmie Sherfy: Heads back to minors
Sherfy was optioned to Triple-A Reno after Wednesday's loss to the Padres.
Wednesday's starter Merrill Kelly was unable to complete the second inning at San Diego, so Sherfy was brought in to cover 2.1 innings out of the bullpen. He gave up one run on five hits and one walk. It's the first run the 27-year-old has allowed this season across 8.1 innings. Sherfy actually owns a 1.02 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 34:13 K:BB over the last three seasons for the Diamondbacks, yet he has pitched only 35.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Wilmer Flores: Dealing with fractured foot
Flores was diagnosed with a fractured right foot Wednesday, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Flores suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch Sunday and subsequently landed on the 10-day injured list. The 27-year-old has no official timeline for his return since the severity of the fracture remains unclear, but it seems safe to say he'll spend more than the 10-day minimum on the shelf. Ketel Marte figures to take over as the primary second baseman in his absence, likely to the benefit of Jarrod Dyson in center field.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Taylor Clarke: Will start Saturday
Clarke will be called up from Triple-A Reno to start Saturday against the Giants, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
The Diamondbacks moved Zack Godley back to the bullpen once again, prompting the need for an additional starter. Clarke pitched well during his first major-league start May 7 with two runs allowed over six innings, but was still returned to the minors as a part of a roster shuffle. Arizona doesn't have another off day until June 6, so Clarke could be in store for a longer stay in the majors this time around.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Gets leadoff chance
Vargas will start at second base and serve as the Diamondbacks' leadoff hitter Wednesday against the Padres.
Jarrod Dyson will check out of the lineup with a lefty (Eric Lauer) on the bump for San Diego, opening the door for Vargas to set the table for the second time this season. The leadoff assignment gives Vargas some more intrigue than usual for DFS purposes, though it's worth noting he's only been a career .218/.227/.333 (43 wRC+) hitter in his limited opportunities to date at the MLB level.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Out Wednesday
Peralta (shoulder) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres.
Blake Swihart gets the nod in left field. Peralta was removed from Tuesday's game with right shoulder soreness, and it only makes sense that he would sit out Wednesday's afternoon content with an off day to follow Thursday. The Diamondbacks' training staff figures to give Peralta a long look Friday to determine his weekend availability. His current issue is said to be related to the trapezius injury he suffered last week when he dove for a ball.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Jon Duplantier: Option to start Saturday
Duplantier is one possible option to start Saturday against the Giants, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Manager Torey Lovullo is not yet prepared to name a replacement starter for Zack Godley, who was moved back to the bullpen, but did confirm that slot would fall on Saturday. The manager is considering Duplantier and Taylor Clarke along with a pair of long relievers, T.J. McFarland and Matt Andriese. Duplantier started at Triple-A Reno last Saturday but hasn't been stretched out completely as the Diamondbacks have needed him in the major-league bullpen. "If you're asking me, 'Is (Jon) a candidate?' Then, yes. The pitch count is not a huge concern. We think he could give us 75 pitches if needed," said Lovullo.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Taylor Clarke: Candidate for start
Clarke is one possible starter for Saturday's game against the Giants, RIchard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
After moving Zack Godley to the bullpen for a second time this season, the Diamondbacks will need a fifth starter the next turn through the rotation. Manager Torey Lovullo stopped short of naming a starter but did confirm that spot would fall on Saturday. Clarke pitched for Triple-A Reno on Monday, which puts him in line for Saturday. He made his first MLB start for the Diamondbacks on May 7, when he allowed two runs over six innings against the Rays. Lovullo is also considering Jon Duplantier and mentioned long relievers T.J. McFarland and Matt Andriese as capable of providing some length if needed.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Blake Swihart: Fills in for Peralta again
Swihart entered Tuesday's game after David Peralta was removed with a shoulder injury.
This is the third time in the last week that Swihart has entered a game after Peralta was removed or scratched from the lineup due to the shoulder. If the Diamondbacks give Peralta the day off Wednesday, Swihart is in line for a start. Since being acquired by Arizona, Swihart is 6-for-43 (.140) with three home runs and eight RBI over 22 games.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Shoulder injuries related
Peralta's shoulder injury that forced him to be removed from Tuesday's game is related to the injury that cropped up last week, Richard Morin of the Arizona Republic reports.
Peralta originally suffered a right trapezius injury last Wednesday when he dove for a ball. The injury lingered, and he was scratched from Saturday's game. Don't be surprised if the Diamondacks give him the day off Wednesday prior to Thursday's off day. Blake Swihart filled in at left field after Peralta left Tuesday's contest.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' John Ryan Murphy: Blasts solo home run
Murphy went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to the Padres on Tuesday.
Murphy took advantage of his second start in three games by crushing a Matt Strahm offering to center field for his fourth homer of the season. Nonetheless, he is hitting only .180 on the season and figures to see limited playing time on days on which anyone other than Zack Greinke is the starting pitcher.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' Eduardo Escobar: Slams 11th home run
Escobar went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to San Diego on Tuesday.
Escobar launched a shot to left field off Matt Strahm to put the Diamondbacks on the board in the fourth inning. He has largely flown under the radar this season but now has as many homers (11) as fellow third basemen Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado. The 30-year-old has built on last season's performance and now has a slash line of .274/.341/.543.... See More ... See Less
Diamondbacks' David Peralta: Nursing sore shoulder
Peralta was removed from Tuesday's game against the Padres due to soreness in his right shoulder, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.
Peralta was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a right trapezius injury, but it's unclear if he's dealing with lingering soreness from that injury or has a different issue. The 31-year-old should be considered day-to-day, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him receive the day off Wednesday with a scheduled off day to follow Thursday.... See More ... See Less