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Arizona placed Aquino on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right forearm and recalled RHP Jose Valverde from Triple A Tucson.
Aquino has been optioned to Triple-A Tucson by the Arizona Diamondbacks, opening a spot on the roster for righthander Jason Bulger, who was promoted from the minor league club late Thursday. In 28 relief appearances this season, Aquino is 0-1 with a 9.12 ERA.
Aquino has wiggled his way into the Arizona closer mix, after the Chicago Cubs scrambled for two ninth-inning runs off Brian Bruney to claim a 4-3 victory over the Diamondbacks last Friday. Aquino emerged as club's closer during the second half of last season and saved 16 games.
The Arizona Diamondbacks activated Aquino from the disabled list Sunday and was roughed up in his first game back. The 27-year-old righthander, who has been out since April 4 with elbow inflammation, allowed four runs in one-third of an inning against Kansas City. He has a 54.00 ERA after coughing up four runs in each of his two appearances in 2005.
Tests on Aquino's ailing pitching elbow has revealed inflammation around the ulnar nerve, but no structural damage was found. The Diamondbacks righthander, currently on the 15-day disabled list, has been shut down for the time being, and he will begin therapy and strengthening exercises. If that treatment does not work, surgery is a possible option. A timetable for Aquino's return has not been set.
In Aquino's absence, Brandon Lyon has been handed the closer job by the Diamondbacks, and he already has four saves. Even if Aquino is able to return soon, he'll likely fill a setup role. He went 0-2 with a 3.06 ERA and 16 saves in 34 relief appearances last season.
The Diamondbacks placed Aquino on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with ulnar nerve irritation in his right elbow. Aquino was supposed to compete for the closer's spot for Arizona this season, but the elbow troubles have relegated the righthander to setup status for the time being.
Brandon Lyon will get the bulk of the save opportunities for the Diamondbacks, at least in the early going. To take Aquino's spot on the roster, Arizona re-called righty Oscar Villarreal from Triple-A Tucson.
Aquino's minor elbow problems in spring training have cost him the Diamondbacks' closer job to start the regular season. On Sunday, manager Bob Melvin announced that Brandon Lyon would be called upon in most save opportunities, with Aquino serving as a setup man.
Aquino went 0-2 with a 3.06 ERA and 16 saves in 34 relief appearances last season. However, primarily due to his elbow issues, he posted a gaudy 7.36 ERA in eight exhibition games this spring. He could get another shot at the job later this season if Lyon struggles.