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Tony La Russa and the Diamondbacks have officially parted ways.

The writing was on the wall last winter when the Diamondbacks restructured their front office and demoted La Russa from chief baseball officer to "chief baseball analyst and advisor." He had a nearly four-year run in Arizona, after spending over three decades as a manager of the White Sox (1979-1986), Athletics (1986-1995), and Cardinals (1996-2011). "I am grateful to everyone in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for the opportunity to complete my baseball education," La Russa said in a statement Wednesday.
Oct 18 - 2:49 PM

Diamondbacks activated LHP Steve Hathaway from the 60-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Reno.

Hathaway had surgery in June to repair fraying in his rotator cuff and labrum, which no doubt allowed him to pass through waivers unclaimed. He's now off the 40-man roster.
Oct 16 - 11:53 PM

Shelby Miller (elbow) threw off of flat ground on Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

It's a good sign for Miller, who reportedly threw from 45 feet around 40 times. It's still unlikely we'll see the right-handed hurler on a mound in a meaningful game until the middle of the 2018 season. He'll be arbitration-eligible this winter.
Oct 11 - 4:10 PM

Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen confirmed Tuesday that the club will attempt to re-sign J.D. Martinez.

Obviously. Martinez batted .302/.366/.741 with 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 62 regular-season games after the Diamondbacks acquired him from the Tigers on July 18 and he went 4-for-11 (.364) with a home run in the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. The 30-year-old slugger is going to be seeking big-time money on the open market. "We'll certainly stay engaged," said Hazen. "It is too early to set out what exactly our priorities will be."
Oct 10 - 4:21 PM

Zack Greinke wasn’t sharp versus his former team Monday, permitting three runs while walking five batters over five-plus innings in a loss to the Dodgers.

Greinke is lucky that his line wasn’t worse, as he just didn’t look like himself in this one. He served up a pair of home runs, and it’s the first time since August 15 of 2014 that he walked five batters in a game. The second longball came off the bat of Austin Barnes after Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo decided to send Greinke back out for the sixth inning even though he’d already exceeded 100 pitches and was clearly struggling. Greinke had a big bounce-back regular season, but he struggled in both postseason outings, allowing seven runs with a 5/6 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 frames.
Oct 10 - 1:59 AM

Daniel Descalso belted a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

Descalso took advantage of a rare mistake from Yu Darvish, who hung a slider that the second baseman deposited over the right-field wall. It was the second home run of the postseason for Descalso, who also went deep in the Wild Card Game. Unfortunately for the D'Backs, it represented the only run and one of just three hits they had on the night.
Oct 10 - 1:46 AM

Daniel Descalso is starting at second base and batting seventh for the Diamondbacks in Monday's NLDS Game 3 against the Dodgers.

Brandon Drury started Game 1 versus Clayton Kershaw, but it's been Descalso in there the last two games. The D'Backs also have Jeff Mathis catching, which is the norm when Zack Greinke is on the hill. Their full lineup looks like this: David Peralta LF, Ketel Marte SS, Paul Goldschmidt 1B, J.D. Martinez RF, Jake Lamb 3B, A.J Pollock CF, Descalso 2B, Mathis C.
Oct 9 - 4:35 PM

Robbie Ray's first career postseason start was a forgettable one, as he was charged with four runs over just 4 1/3 frames in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

Ray was pitching on two days' rest after making a 2 1/3-inning relief appearance in the Wild Card Game. Whether that had an effect on him, who knows, but he wasn't sharp in this one, walking four batters, hitting one and giving up four hits while needing 88 pitches to cover his 4 1/3 innings. The series is now headed back to Arizona for Game 3, with the Diamondbacks needing to win three straight to advance.
Oct 8 - 9:09 AM

Brandon Drury didn't start but came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the NLDS Game 2 loss to the Dodgers.

Daniel Descalso started at second base (he reached base twice), but Drury still did damage in this one, as he made the game interesting by bombing the first pitch he saw from Brandon Morrow in the seventh inning way out to left. That cut the Dodgers' lead to 7-5 at the time, but they tacked on an extra run and Arizona never got closer. It was the first home run Morrow has surrendered all year.
Oct 8 - 8:33 AM

Paul Goldschmidt slugged a two-run homer and drew a walk in Saturday's loss to the Dodgers.

Goldschmidt got the D'Backs off on the right foot when he followed an A.J. Pollock walk with a bomb in the top of the first inning off of Rich Hill. The Dodgers took back the lead what turned out to be for good in the fourth, however. The longball is the lone hit Goldy has in the first two games of the series.
Oct 8 - 8:29 AM

Daniel Descalso is starting at second base and batting fifth in Saturday's NLDS Game 2 against the Dodgers.

Descalso sat out Friday's Game 1 against Dodgers left-handed ace Clayton Kershaw, but he's back in there against another southpaw, Rich Hill. He started at the keystone for the team's Wild Card Game win over the Rockies, homering and driving in two runs. The rest of the lineup goes as so: David Peralta LF, A.J Pollock CF, Paul Goldschmidt 1B, J.D. Martinez RF, Descalso 2B, Chris Iannetta C, Jake Lamb 3B, Ketel Marte SS, Robbie Ray P.
Oct 7 - 5:02 PM

Diamondbacks re-signed C Michael Perez to a minor league contract.

Rather than test the free agent waters, the 25-year-old backstop opted to re-up with the only organization that he has known professionally. His bat showed signs up life at Double-A Jackson in 2017, slashing .279/.365/.424 with five homers and 39 RBI in 302 plate appearances.
Oct 7 - 8:08 AM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 and drilled a solo home run as his team fell to the Dodgers on Friday.

He went yard against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning as the Diamondbacks tried to claw their way out of a big hole. Martinez added a pair of singles in the contest. He has been on an epic power surge ever since being traded from the Tigers at the deadline. He had 45 home runs in just 119 games this year.
Oct 7 - 2:38 AM

A.J. Pollock went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's playoff loss to the Dodgers.

His third-inning shot was the first of four solo home runs surrendered by Clayton Kershaw in the ballgame. Pollock had a .266 batting average with 14 homers, 49 RBI and 73 runs scored in 112 games this year for the Diamondbacks.
Oct 7 - 2:33 AM

Taijuan Walker lasted just one inning in his start versus the Dodgers on Friday, allowing four runs and taking a loss in Game 1 of the NLDS.

He let the first five hitters he faced reach base. He surrendered a three-run homer to Justin Turner and an RBI double to Yasiel Puig before recording an out in the ballgame. He threw 48 pitches in the first inning and didn't come back out for the second. Zack Godley relieved him and allowed three runs over the next five innings. Walker turned in a fine 3.49 ERA in 28 starts in his first season with the Diamondbacks.
Oct 7 - 2:28 AM


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