Player News - Diamondbacks

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Patrick Corbin turned in his shortest start of the season Saturday, lasting just three innings and giving up four runs in a loss to the Rockies.

A month ago, the Diamondbacks probably would have sent Corbin back out there for the fourth, but since they're desperate now and his spot was due up in the bottom of the third, he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. All four runs against Corbin scored in the third, but he still needed 82 pitches to get his nine outs. The loss leaves him 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA.
Sep 22 - 11:50 PM

Jon Jay went 0-for-4 from the leadoff spot Saturday in the loss to the Rockies.

It looks like the Diamondbacks have written off Steven Souza for the rest of 2018, but unfortunately for them, Jay hasn't performed much better of late; he's 9-for-51 with no homers and just two runs scored since Aug. 28. Maybe the team should try Chris Owings or Christian Walker instead.
Sep 22 - 11:40 PM

Matt Koch will start for the Diamondbacks Tuesday against the Dodgers.

What high praise for Koch, drawing a start in what could be the biggest series of the season for Torey Lovullo and the Diamondbacks. The D'backs sit six games behind the Dodgers at the start of play Saturday and could still be alive in the NL West when the series rolls around next week, meaning the team's playoff hopes could lie in the right hand of the 27-year-old. Koch earned the nod, presumably, after firing four scoreless innings, striking out seven, in a blowout loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. He's got a 4.26 ERA in 18 appearances, including 13 starts, this season.
Sep 22 - 5:19 PM

Zack Greinke surrendered three runs in 7 1/3 innings Friday in a loss to the Rockies.

Greinke fell to 2-6 since the beginning of August, though that's of little fault of his own; he has a solid enough 3.74 ERA during that 10-start span. He's now 14-11 with a 3.21 ERA overall.
Sep 22 - 2:02 AM

A.J. Pollock went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday in the loss to the Rockies.

The Diamondbacks busted out with nine runs using a lineup laden with backups in Wednesday's win. Tonight, they went back to the starters and the offense proved inept again. Pollock, who was so terrific before getting hurt in mid-May, is batting just .232/.291/.350 with seven homers in 237 at-bats since returning in July. The poor second half will make it interesting to see what kind of offers he gets in free agency this winter.
Sep 22 - 1:57 AM

Robbie Ray held the Cubs to one hit over six innings Wednesday in the Diamondbacks' 9-0 rout.

If the Diamondbacks somehow sneak into the wild card game, they might have an awfully tough call about who to start; Zack Greinke is the ace Patrick Corbin has been the best pitcher this year, but Ray is pretty much untouchable right now. He's given up a total of seven hits over 23 2/3 innings in his four starts this month.
Sep 20 - 1:23 AM

Making his first start for the Diamondbacks since July 29, Chris Owings went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI against the Cubs on Wednesday.

With their playoff hopes reduced to a faint glimmer, the Diamondbacks trotted out their spring training split-squad lineup tonight and got a major boost; Christian Walker also homered and Patrick Kivlehan tripled twice. It resulted in a 9-0 win, which will make things interesting when Torey Lovullo has to fill out his lineup card for Friday's game against the Rockies.
Sep 20 - 1:14 AM

Taijuan Walker (elbow) will begin a throwing program on Monday.

Walker will start playing catch on Monday from 45 feet away, and then because the gradual climb from there. He underwent Tommy John surgery in New York in the middle of April, and assuming there are no setbacks, he should be ready to go by the middle of the 2019 season, with an outside shot at being ready at the beginning of the season.
Sep 19 - 6:38 PM

Diamondbacks recalled RHP Jake Barrett from Triple-A Reno.

Barrett has been up-and-down for the Diamondbacks a few times in 2018, and owns a 5.06 ERA in five appearances.
Sep 19 - 5:42 PM

Paul Goldschmidt is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.

Goldschmidt gets a day off, and Christian Walker gets the start at first base. It's been another outstanding season for Goldschmidt, and the overall numbers (.298/.399/.551) are even more impressive when you consider he got off to an atrocious start to the season.
Sep 19 - 4:52 PM

Matt Andriese surrendered five runs on five hits over two innings in a loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Andriese served up plenty of loud contact in a brief outing, including a pair of two-run homers, and needed 61 pitches to get through two frames. He racked up four strikeouts and did not walk a batter. He’s filling the rotation spot vacated by Clay Buchholz, who was placed on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain earlier this week. The 29-year-old right-hander owns a disastrous 9.00 ERA in 13 appearances (one start) since being acquired from the Rays on July 25. If he’s given another opportunity to start, it will likely come against the division-rival Dodgers in Chase Field on Monday.
Sep 19 - 1:01 AM

Ketel Marte went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in the Diamondbacks’ blowout loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Marte slugged his 12th homer of the year -- a line-drive solo shot off Cubs starter Mike Montgomery -- in the second inning. It was the only offense of the night for an Arizona lineup, which managed just four hits against a trio of Chicago hurlers. The 24-year-old shortstop has gone deep twice in his last three games. He’s hitting .252/.323/.422 with 62 runs scored, 12 homers, 55 RBI and six steals in 543 big-league plate appearances.
Sep 19 - 12:58 AM

Eduardo Escobar went 1-for-1 with a walk in the Diamondbacks’ lopsided loss to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Escobar drew a walk in the first inning and swatted a ground-run double, his 47th of the year, off Cubs starter Mike Montgomery in the third inning. He was removed from the contest with Arizona trailing by eight runs in the sixth inning. The 29-year-old infielder is hitting .268/.333/.492 with 72 runs scored, a career-high 22 homers, 83 RBI and a pair of stolen bases in 597 plate appearances.
Sep 19 - 12:51 AM

T.J. McFarland has been shut down for the season due to inflammation around the bone spur in his left elbow.

It's unclear at this point whether he will need surgery to remove that bone spur. McFarland was a weapon out of the Diamondbacks' bullpen this season, posting a stellar 2.00 ERA across 72 innings.
Sep 18 - 6:42 PM

A.J. Pollock went 1-for-4 with a homer on Monday in a loss to the Cubs.

The homer had zero significance on the game, as it came with the Diamondbacks trailing 5-0 in the ninth inning off of Kyle Hendricks. He now has 18 homers on the season, and he also adds his 60th RBI in 104 games with the Diamondbacks in 2018. Unfortunately, his average and on-base percentage -- .260 and .319, respectively -- leave a lot to be desired. It's fair to call this a disappointing season for Pollock.
Sep 18 - 12:48 AM


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