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Ryan Church | Outfielder

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (39) / 10/14/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Nevada
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 14 (0) / CLE

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Diamondbacks non-tendered OF Ryan Church.
This was inevitable, even back when the team acquired him from the Pirates in July. Church, 32, turned in a meager .201/.265/.352 batting line this past season, mostly due to a collapse against right-handed pitching. He is still a solid defender, so he'll likely find a job as an extra outfielder somewhere. Thu, Dec 2, 2010 11:55:00 AM

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The Diamondbacks aren't expecting the newly acquired Ryan Church to report to the team until Tuesday.

No word on why this is the case. As a consolation for Arizona, Church isn't likely to help them, anyway, as he had a wretched .182 batting mark in 170 at-bats this season with the Pirates.
Sun, Aug 1, 2010 01:29:00 PM

Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Ryan Church from the Pirates.

Arizona also got D.J. Carrasco and Bobby Crosby from the Bucs for Chris Snyder and prospect Pedro Ciriaco. Church was a free-agent bust after signing on from Atlanta. He hit just .182 with 18 RBI in 69 games and failed to seize regular playing time in a wide-open outfield. He has no fantasy value right now in Arizona.
Sat, Jul 31, 2010 01:40:00 PM

Ryan Church was 1-for-4 with a two-run double in a win over the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.

It was Church's first time in the starting lineup since being hit in the right wrist against the Cardinals on May 7.
Sat, May 15, 2010 03:59:00 PM

Ryan Church is back in the Pirates' starting lineup a week after being hit in the wrist by a pitch against the Cardinals.

Church pinch hit for the Pirates on Friday, so he was clearly well enough to swing a bat. He gets the start in left field with Lastings Milledge spending the day on the bench.
Sat, May 15, 2010 11:30:00 AM

Ryan Church made a pinch-hitting appearance for the Pirates on Friday.

His wrist had kept him out of the order since May 7, but he wasn't given the start against former Pirate John Grabow. There's a good chance Church will get his first start in a week against the Cubs on Saturday.
Sat, May 15, 2010 03:07:00 AM

Ryan Church (wrist) is available to pinch hit against the Reds on Tuesday.

Church has been out of the lineup since being beaned in the wrist during Friday's game against the Cardinals. He's still a bit too sore to play an entire game, but is available in limited duty. Delwyn Young will make his second start of the season in right field on Tuesday night.
Tue, May 11, 2010 04:59:00 PM

Ryan Church took some swings in the batting cage on Monday, but remains limited due to a bruised right wrist.

"It's really sore," said Church, who was plunked in the wrist during Friday's game against the Cardinals. Church said he doesn't feel he has the proper strength to be an effective pinch hitter at the moment, but added that the wrist feels much better than Sunday. He'll likely need a few more days.
Mon, May 10, 2010 08:07:00 PM

Ryan Church was held out of the lineup this weekend due to a bruised wrist.

He sustained the injury when he was hit by a pitch in his final at-bat on Friday. X-rays showed no fracture and Church could be cleared for batting practice in the next few days.
Sun, May 9, 2010 05:49:00 PM

Ryan Church went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer off Ryan Dempster as the Pirates topped the Cubs 3-2.

Pittsburgh trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Church went deep and the Bucs' bullpen held on to improve the team's record to 11-15. Church's playing time has been inconsistent, but his bat could force its way into the lineup for good at some point. He played center field on Tuesday. Church is now batting .292/.320/.479 in 48 at-bats.
Tue, May 4, 2010 09:46:00 PM

Ryan Church was ejected from Wednesday's game in the ninth inning for arguing a called third strike.

Church was only in the game as a pinch-hitter. He objected to a low strike three call from umpire D.J. Reyburn, and while Reyburn let him get away with a first volley, the second got him tossed.
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 03:55:00 PM

Ryan Church will start in left field against the Dodgers on Thursday.

Church, who had a pinch-hit three-run double on Opening Day, will bat fifth against Chad Billingsley while Lastings Milledge will take a seat. Jeff Clement and Ronny Cedeno will also rest on Thursday, with Bobby Crosby and Delwyn Young receiving their first starts of the season.
Thu, Apr 8, 2010 11:40:00 AM

Ryan Church has been diagnosed with a fractured bone at the tip of his left middle finger and won't play for the next couple of days.

The injury actually occurred during last Saturday's spring game against the Orioles, which explains why Church has missed some time this week. He expects to be fine by Opening Day. "Let it heal," Church said Thursday. "I'm not worried. If this is going to happen, now is a good time."
Thu, Mar 25, 2010 12:11:00 PM

Ryan Church went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer off Joe Blanton as the Pirates and Phillies played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings.

Church currently projects as the Pirates' fourth outfielder, but he could start if the team opts for Garrett Jones over Jeff Clement at first base. PNC Park would seem to be well-suited for his game, so he's something of a sleeper.
Sat, Mar 6, 2010 04:47:00 PM

Pirates signed OF Ryan Church to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Church can make another $1.32 million via performance-based incentives based on the number of plate appearances he makes during the upcoming season. The 31-year-old hit .273/.338/.384 with four home runs and 40 RBI last year and will battle for playing time in the Pittsburgh outfield.
Wed, Jan 13, 2010 09:51:00 AM

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