Player News - Diamondbacks

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Chris Owings did it all Thursday, homering twice and stealing a base to help the Diamondbacks down the Padres 6-2.

Owings hit a pair of solo jacks off batting practice fastba-- er, Padres starter Jered Weaver, popping one in the third inning before doing it again an inning later. He's now among the league leaders in RBI (19) and stolen bases (6), a testament to the kind of all-around month the 25-year-old is having. Owings is batting .325/.365/.550 with four homers and 12 runs to boot. Add him where you can.
Apr 28 - 12:33 AM

Yasmany Tomas went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a two-run homer in a win over the Padres on Thursday.

Tomas hit the two-run shot off Padres starter Jered Weaver in the fourth inning before knocking the RBI double in the sixth. The homer was his fifth of the season, giving Tomas 18 RBI and 12 runs scored in 21 games. The bat-first left fielder is hitting .308/.337/.615 overall.
Apr 28 - 12:24 AM

Taijuan Walker struck out 11 while allowing two runs over eight innings in a win over the Padres on Thursday.

Walker had everything working, turning in easily his best start as a member of the Diamondbacks. Facing the Padres helps, too. The right-hander allowed just four hits without issuing a walk, running his record to 3-1 with a 3.94 ERA through five starts overall. One bright spot is his 33/7 K/BB ratio in those 29 2/3 innings of work. Walker will face a much stiffer test Wednesday when the D'backs face the Nationals in the nation's capital.
Apr 28 - 12:08 AM

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has considered moving Archie Bradley to the starting rotation.

Bradley has been a starter for his most of his career but has thrived out of the pen this year, registering a 1.26 ERA over 14 1/3 innings. The Diamondbacks are looking to replace Shelby Miller, who could be headed for Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn UCL in his pitching elbow. Bradley is 10-12 with a 5.18 ERA over 34 major league starts.
Apr 27 - 7:38 PM

Diamondbacks transferred RHP Shelby Miller from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Miller is weighing Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow. The other option would be to undergo stem cell treatment, a procedure Garrett Richards went through last season when he suffered the same injury. That decision will come in the next few days. Regardless of what he chooses, Miller is a long shot to return this year.
Apr 27 - 7:05 PM

Diamondbacks purchased the contract of LHP T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Reno.

Shelby Miller (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day DL in the corresponding move. McFarland hasn't allowed a run over 11 innings for Reno this year. He'll work as a left-hander specialist.
Apr 27 - 6:53 PM

Shelby Miller is evaluating his options after being diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow.

He's also dealing with a strained flexor tendon. We assumed the injury was serious when news spread of Miller sending his MRI results to Dr. James Andrews. Now Miller must decide whether to rehab his ailing elbow or undergo Tommy John surgery, which would sideline him for at least a year. The rehab route is not unprecedented—Garrett Richards and Masahiro Tanaka have both done it—but most pitchers opt for Tommy John. The injury is a devastating blow for Miller, who had been aiming for a bounce-back season after disappointing in his first year as a Diamondback.
Apr 27 - 6:20 PM

Brandon Drury (knee) is not in the Diamondbacks' lineup Thursday against the Padres.

Drury is sitting after jamming his knee in a collision with Padres starter Trevor Cahill on Wednesday night. Chris Owings will handle second base in his absence with Nick Ahmed manning shortstop. Drury said he feels "good" and expects to be back in the lineup this weekend.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: While Drury won't be able to get in on the fun, the D'Backs still setup as the top offense on the night slate. They'll face off with Jered Weaver - who has predictably struggled to start the year, allowing 7 HRs in 23 IP - in hitter friendly Chase Field, setting them up for a big night at the dish. As has been the case over the past few years, Weaver still can't miss bats, and given his inability to keep the ball on the ground, this match-up sets up very poorly. The entire Arizona lineup is in play.
Apr 27 - 6:02 PM

Fernando Rodney took his first blown save after giving up five runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Padres on Wednesday.

Erick Aybar's bunt single started a one-out rally, and five more hits came afterwards, including a three-run homer from Ryan Schimpf. The blown save was Rodney's first in seven chances, though it did take his ERA all of the way up to 11.00. Still, the Diamondbacks had to know what they were signing up for here. It should take more than one blown save to cost him his job. If Rodney does continue to struggle, then J.J. Hoover is probably next in line for saves.
Apr 27 - 2:05 AM

Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Padres on Wednesday.

Goldschmidt also swiped his fifth base. The Diamondbacks have decided to be awfully aggressive when it comes to basestealing, so it looks like Goldschmidt will make another run at 30 this year.
Apr 27 - 2:00 AM

David Peralta reached base all five times he was up Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with three walks against the Padres.

Peralta had a .224 OBP through 45 at-bats this season. Now he's all of the way up to .402 after 78 at-bats.
Apr 27 - 1:59 AM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno.

Godley gave up two runs over five innings against the Padres in his spot start Wednesday in place of Shelby Miller. It's possible he'll rejoin the rotation next weekend, but the Diamondbacks don't need him before then, since they have Monday off.
Apr 27 - 1:45 AM

Brandon Drury left Wednesday's game against the Padres with a jammed right knee.

He suffered the injury in a collision with Padres starter Trevor Cahill at first base. Drury singled and walked twice before exiting. After he left, Chris Owings moved from shortstop to second base with Nick Ahmed taking over at shortstop. Drury is day-to-day.
Apr 27 - 12:09 AM

According to Tommy Stoke of FanRag Sports, Shelby Miller is dealing with a ligament issue in his right elbow and could need Tommy John surgery.

That would explain why Miller is sending his MRI to Dr. James Andrews for a third opinion. Miller had been hoping for a bounce-back season after struggling to a 6.15 ERA in his first year with Arizona but obviously his elbow injury has thrown a wrench in those plans. Zack Godley was called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller's spot in Arizona's starting rotation.
Apr 26 - 10:25 PM

Shelby Miller (elbow) sent his MRI results to Dr. James Andrews.

Miller has already been evaluated by team doctors as well as Dr. Neal ElAttrache, so technically he's getting a third opinion. Andrews is usually the doctor players see before getting Tommy John surgery, so obviously Miller is dealing with more than a garden variety elbow injury. Even if Miller gets good news from Andrews, we wouldn't expect to see him on a big league mound anytime soon. It's been one disaster after another for Miller since joining the Diamondbacks in 2016.
Apr 26 - 7:38 PM


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