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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.
Drew was scratched from the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup on Saturday with a sore right hand. He is expected to play on Sunday.
DaVanon was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, by the Diamondbacks on Friday due to a sprained left ankle. The center fielder suffered the injury sliding into second base in a 9-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Aug. 5. Scott Hairston was recalled from Triple-A Tucson to fill in for the injured DaVanon.
Hairston was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Friday by the Diamondbacks to replace the injured Jeff DaVanon on the roster. DaVanon was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday, with a sprained left ankle.
The Arizona Republic reported that Clark played catch on Wednesday from 100 feet away as he tries to come back from a right shoulder strain. Once the first baseman can reach from 120 feet, he will be sent on a minor league rehabillitation assignment.
The East Valley Tribune reported that Hernandez will make his Diamondbacks' debut when he starts on Friday against the Florida Marlins. The right-hander was traded by the Washington Nationals to the Diamondbacks on Monday for a pair of minor league pitchers.
The East Valley Tribune reported that Webb is expected to come back from soreness in his right elbow and return to the Diamondbacks' rotation on Saturday against the Florida Marlins.
Tracy was back in the lineup Tuesday night after leaving Monday's game because of back spasms. Tracy slid head first into third base, colliding face and neck first with 3B Pedro Feliz's knee and arching his back awkwardly.
Webb, who missed his last scheduled start with a sore elbow, threw in the bullpen Tuesday and is expected to start either Friday or Saturday against Florida.
Webb, who missed his last start with soreness in his right elbow, played catch in the outfield before Monday night's game and will throw in the bullpen on Tuesday. Barring any setbacks, Webb is expected to make his scheduled start on Friday.
Jackson was hit on the left forearm with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth Monday and left the game after the inning ended. X-rays were negative and he's day-to-day.
Hernandez was traded by the Washington Nationals to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday for a pair of minor league pitchers.
Hudson was held out of the lineup Sunday because of a sore left ankle.
The Diamondbacks recalled Koplove from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday. The right-hander allowed one run and two hits in one inning of relief for Arizona in a 7-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
The Arizona Republic reported that the Diamondbacks will decide on Friday when Webb will pitch next after he suffered a sore right elbow. The right-hander underwent an MRI on Tuesday that showed no damage and he pitched a bullpen session on Thursday that went well. He is scheduled to start on Saturday against the Houston Astros and Roger Clemens
Green was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Diamondbacks on Thursday, after suffering left shoulder inflammation.
Estrada is listed as day-to-day by the Diamondbacks after leaving Monday's 15-4 win over the Chicago Cubs with an upset stomach. Chris Snyder took the catcher's place behind the plate and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in the win.
Counsell was placed on the disabled list with a broken rib.
Quentin has made a huge impact since his July 20 call-up from Triple-A Tucson, with four home runs in 16 at-bats.
Quentin is 4-for-9 with two homers, two doubles and six RBIs in his first four major league games.
Byrnes struck out in the second inning Saturday, snapping a string of 58 plate appearances without a strikeout, the longest in the majors this year.
Clark was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a right shoulder strain. The Diamondbacks' first baseman has been bothered by the injury for the past three weeks, according to Arizona manager Bob Melvin. Clark has struggled with a .185 batting average and five homers in 64 games this season, a year after hitting .304 with 30 home runs.
Webb was selected to his first All-Star team Sunday as one of the eight starting pitchers on the National League roster. He is 9-3 with a 2.72 ERA this season.
Gonzalez was recalled from Triple-A Tucson to start Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. To make room on the roster, the Diamondbacks optioned right-hander Casey Daigle to Tucson.
Daigle was optioned to Triple-A Tucson on Thursday when the Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Edgar Gonzalez to start against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Daigle had been recalled a day earlier when outfielder Scott Hairston was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.
Mulholland was placed on unconditional waivers by Arizona on Wednesday. The 43-year-old left-hander had no record with a 9.00 ERA in five games this season and spent most of the year on the DL with left elbow inflammation and an inner ear infection.
Jarvis was designated for assignment by Arizona on Monday after giving up eight runs and nine hits over five innings in an 8-4 loss to Texas on Saturday. The 36-year-old right-hander was 0-1 with an 11.91 ERA in five appearances for the Diamondbacks this season.
Hairston was recalled by Arizona from Triple-A Tucson on Monday. The 26-year-old second baseman was hitting .340 with 18 homers in 63 games at Tucson. He spent part of the 2004 and 2005 seasons with the Diamondbacks hitting .240 with 13 home runs and 29 RBIs in 116 games.
Grimsley was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Monday for violating the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after making statements to authorities about human growth hormone. The reliever was released by the Diamondbacks after his home was searched by federal agents following his admission that he used human growth hormones, steroids and amphetamines.
Cruz, on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder, threw off the mound on Saturday. The Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander is expected to make a few rehab starts, but there is no timetable for his return. "I wanted him to throw nice and easy," manager Bob Melvin said. "He doesn't know how to throw nice and easy."
The Arizona Diamondbacks released Grimsley on Wednesday. The 38-year-old pitcher's release came one day after his home was searched by federal agents following his admission he used human growth hormone, steroids and amphetamines. Grimsley's agent Joe Bick reportedly said he thought this release would end the veteran reliever's career. "My guess is Jason's done playing" Bick said.
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed Cruz on the disabled list Wednesday with stiffness in his right shoulder and reportedly planned to call up Dustin Nippert. Cruz was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesdady after he told the team his shoulder didn't feel normal.
Webb made his 108th career start on Wednesday for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander did not factor in the loss, lasting seven innings while giving up four hits and no runs in the 1-0 loss.
Webb threw a seven-hitter in the Diamondbacks' 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday to become the first eight-game winner in baseball. The right-hander has thrown 18 consecutive scoreless innings and is scheduled to face the New York Mets and Pedro Martinez on Wednesday.
Julio was traded by the New York Mets to Arizona on Wednesday in exchange for Orlando Hernandez. Julio was 1-2 with a 5.06 ERA in his first season with the Mets after being acquired from Baltimore in the offseason. The 27-year-old reliever spent his first five seasons with the Orioles recording 83 saves in 104 opportunites with a 4.20 ERA.
Webb threw a four-hitter to become the National League's first seven-game winner as the Diamondbacks routed the Braves 13-0 on Saturday. The right-hander struck out a season-high eight and walked one in the second shutout and fourth complete game of his career.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tracy have agreed to a three-year, $13.25 million contract extension. The deal is guaranteed through 2009 and includes a team option for the following season. Tracy, who is making $381,000 this season, gets a $1 million signing bonus, $2.75 million next year, $3.75 million in 2008 and $4.75 million in 2009. Arizona has a $7 million option for 2010 with a $1 million buyout.
Webb became the National League's first six-game winner Wednesday, surviving a shaky start to improve to 6-0 in Arizona's 7-4 victory over Pittsburgh. He worked out of jams repeatedly while allowing 10 hits and three runs over six innings. He still managed to post a quality start, his eighth in eight outings.
Webb improved to 3-0 this season after tossing eight innings of one-run ball in the Diamondbacks' 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday. The Arizona right-hander also hit an RBI single in the ninth inning to plate the Diamondbacks' final run.
After experiencing tightness in his right hamstring before Arizona's Thursday night game against San Francisco, Counsell was removed from the lineup and did not play. The Diamondbacks' shortstop will be re-evaluated Friday.
Gonzalez stroked an RBI double off the wall at Chase Field Tuesday night in Arizona's 7-4 win over San Francisco. With the sixth-inning two-bagger, the Diamondbacks' left fielder became the 21st player in major league history with 300 home runs and 500 doubles. He has 320 career home runs.
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Drew to Triple-A Tucson Monday, ending his bid to start his second pro season with the major league club. Arizona's first-round pick in 2004 hit .314 with four doubles and a homer in 16 games this spring, and his chances of starting the year with Arizona were bolstered when starting shortstop Craig Counsell was bothered by a shoulder ailment in camp.
Nippert, a highly regarded pitching prospect making a bid for a rotation spot with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was optioned to the minor leagues Monday. The 24-year-old right-hander probably begins the new season with Triple-A Tucson after going 8-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 18 starts for Double-A Tennessee in 2005. He made four starts and posted a 3.46 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 13 innings this spring.
Diagnosed with a slightly torn labrum on March 1, Counsell returned to the field Thursday. The Arizona shortstop played catch, fielded grounders, hit off a tee and took 30 swings during batting practice. Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin told the East Valley Tribune that Counsell came through the workout pain-free. "He swung the bat very well," Melvin said.
Counsell has been diagnosed with a slightly torn labrum, which may force the Arizona infielder to miss some time during spring training. An MRI exam on Tuesday revealed the damage, and Counsell will receive a cortisone shot to counter the discomfort. He could be back on the field in about a week.
Julio agreed Friday to a $2,525,000, one-year contract with the New York Mets, who acquired him six days earlier from the Baltimore Orioles. The 26-year-old right-hander went 3-5 with a 5.90 ERA in 67 appearances last season and made $2.5 million.
Julio and righthander John Maine were traded from the Orioles to the Mets for starter Kris Benson.
Hudson signed a $2.3 million, one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration. The Gold Glove second baseman was acquired from Toronto in December in the Troy Glaus deal. Hudson hit .271 with 10 home runs and 63 RBIs for the Blue Jays in 2005.
Vargas avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1,275,000 contract with Arizona on Monday. Vargas went 9-6 in 21 appearances, including 19 starts, for the Diamondbacks after the team acquired the right-hander from Washington in June. He was 0-3 with the Nationals.
Vizcaino, acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the December deal for Javier Vazquez, has signed a one-year, $1.775 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 2005 with the White Sox, Vizcaino was 6-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 65 relief appearances.
Estrada and the Arizona Diamondbacks came to terms Friday on a one-year, $2 million deal for 2006. The veteran catcher, who was acquired from Atlanta in December, batted .261 with 26 doubles, four home runs and 39 RBIs in 105 games last season for the Braves.
Mulholland has signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and will be invited to spring training. The veteran lefthander, who turns 43 in March, spent the 2005 campaign with the Minnesota Twins, going 0-2 with a 4.27 ERA. He had just 18 strikeouts in 59 innings of work.
Webb has re-signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, agreeing to a contract extension that will keep him locked up through the 2009 campaign. The new deal also includes a club option for the 2010 season. The 26-year-old right-hander, known as a groudball pitcher, recorded a career high for wins last year, going 14-12 with a 3.54 ERA and one complete game in 33 starts. He struck out 172 batters and walked 59 in 229 innings of work.
Batista, who enjoyed his best years with Arizona (11-8, 3.36 in 2001 and 10-9, 3.54 in 2003), will return to the Diamondbacks for 2006 along with Orlando Hudson, in a trade that sent Troy Glaus to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hudson was packaged along with pitcher Miguel Batista in a trade to the Arizona Diamondbacks for slugger Troy Glaus. Hudson hit .271/.315/.412 with 10 home runs and 63 RBIs for the Blue Jays in 2005.
The Angels requested unconditional waivers release Thursday on DaVanon. The centerfielder hit .231 in 108 games for Los Angeles last season. He was designated for assignment on Dec. 7 and his tenure with the Angels is likely finished.
Vizcaino is part of a major December trade for a second year in a row. The Chicago White Sox have agreed to deal the reliever, starter Orlando Hernandez and outfield prospect Chris Young to the Arizona Diamondbacks for right-hander Javier Vazquez. Vizcaino was 6-5 with a 3.73 ERA in 65 relief appearances for the White Sox in 2005. He was acquired from Milwaukee last December in the deal that shipped Scott Podsednik to Chicago and Carlos Lee to the Brewers.
The Atlanta Braves have traded Estrada to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for right-handed pitchers Oscar Villarreal and Lance Cormier. The catcher, who was an All-Star selection in 2004 when he hit .314, battled back problems last season and batted .261 with four home runs and 39 RBI in 105 games.
Heredia has been suspended for the first 10 days of the 2006 season for violating baseball's steroids policy. The veteran lefthander appeared in only three games in 2005, going on the disabled list in April with a strained left thumb before doctors found an aneurysm in his left shoulder that was causing circulation problems. He had season-ending surgery.
Clark injured his left knee in a September 20 contest, and the Diamondbacks' first baseman still is hobbling around the clubhouse. He didn't start on Thursday, and he may not play much over the final weekend of the season.
Hudson's been nursing an ankle sprain for the last three weeks, and the Toronto Blue Jays officially shut him down on Wednesday. The Jays' second baseman won't play in the team's final games of 2005. Hudson, who hasn't played since September 7, finishes at .271 with 10 homers and 63 RBI in 131 games.
Rehab work on Hudson's ankle sprain still hasn't allowed the Toronto second baseman to return to action, and he may be done for the year. Jays manager John Gibbons said it may not make sense to bring Hudson back for the final few games, considering he hasn't played since September 7.
Hudson continues to make progress with his ankle sprain, and the second sacker could return to action this weekend for Toronto. Manager John Gibbons said Hudson is getting close in terms of his running, though he is not up to full speed yet.
Lyon led all National League relievers in saves in mid-May, when he was sidelined by elbow troubles. The Diamondbacks' righthander bypassed surgery for rest and rehab, but he's been ripped for 16 runs in nine innings since returning in August. His closer duties have been passed on to Jose Valverde.
Hudson took groundballs for a second straight day on Monday. He's made some progress in recovering from his ankle sprain, and the Jays hope he might be able to return near the end of the week.
Hudson took grounders for 10 minutes on Sunday, but the Toronto second baseman isn't much closer to returning from an ankle sprain he suffered on September 7.
Opening Day may be nearly 200 days away, but Arizona manager Bob Melvin says Valverde will enter the 2006 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. The 26-year-old righthander has converted his last seven save opportunities after inheriting the position from Brian Bruney during the first week of August. Valverde is averaging 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings and has a 1.33 ERA in his last 35 appearances, going back to June 15.
Jackson made his first major league start in left field on Sunday. The 23-year-old rookie played most of the 2004 season in left field at both high Class-A Lancaster and Double-A El Paso before shifting to first base this spring. He still played some left field for Triple-A Tucson as well.
Easley had to be carted off the field on Friday night, when the Marlins' shortstop sprained his right ankle while going to take a cutoff throw. X-rays were negative, and Easley is listed as day-to-day. Rookie Robert Andino replaced Easley at shortstop.
The Oakland Athletics have opted to go with Joe Kennedy over Cruz as the rotation replacement for injured starter Rich Harden. Still, Cruz could pick up a start for the A's on Monday, as the club is thinking about giving Barry Zito an extra day or two of rest between starts in the upcoming week.
Easley continues to play every day with starting shortstop Alex Gonzalez out with an elbow ailment. He's started 10 games in a row since September 5, mostly at short, and he's gone 11-for-36 (.306) with three doubles and six runs scored. For the season, the 35-year-old infielder is a .238 hitter with nine homers and 30 RBI in 99 games for the Marlins.
Estrada's back has acted up from time to time since a home-plate collision on July 6, and it's been a factor in recent days for the Atlanta catcher. He mentioned the possibility of serving as the Braves' backup once a playoff spot is in place, and manager Bobby Cox is likely to get him some rest in preparation for October baseball.
Toronto manager John Gibbons said it's possible that Hudson may be back by the end of the week, but he admitted that might be a bit optimistic. Still, it seems more likely now that the Jays' second baseman will return before the 2005 campaign is over, as his ankle has improved in recent days.
Hudson sprained his left ankle sliding into home during Toronto's 7-4 win over Baltimore on Wednesday night. His left foot appeared to grab the dirt and buckle at the ankle. X-rays verified that the Jays' second baseman suffered only a sprain.
Nippert made his major league debut on Thursday, allowing five hits and three runs to Pittsburgh in five innings. With a 4-3 lead, he left after tearing a fingernail while throwing a knucklecurve.
Bouncing back from a miserable August in which opposing hitters rang him up for a .367 average, resulting in a 1-2 6.69 log, Hernandez held the Marlins hitless until the fifth inning en route to a six-hit, eight-inning performance for a 5-2 victory, his 15th of the season.
The Chicago White Sox recalled Bajenaru from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. The 27-year-old righthander was up briefly in late August and worked a scoreless inning for Chicago. At Charlotte, he was dominant, going 4-6 with a 1.41 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 19 saves and 83 strikeouts in 70.1 innings.
After San Francisco's three-game sweep of Arizona this weekend, leaving the Diamondbacks eight games behind in the National League West race, look for Jackson to play more. He shares first-base duties with veteran Tony Clark, who is enjoying one of his best big league seasons in 2005.
The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Nippert from Double-A Tennessee on Saturday, then surprised the 24-year-old righthander with news that he would make his major league debut in Thursday's start against Pittsburgh. For Tennessee this season, Nippert was 8-3 with a 2.38 ERA in 18 starts.
The Orioles have activated Grimsley from the 15-day disabled list. The reliever, who has been sidelined for most of the season after undergoing surgery on his pitching elbow, had been placed on the DL on Aug. 25 with a strained Achilles tendon. He has appeared in 14 games for Baltimore on the season, going 1-1 with a 7.98 ERA.
The Oakland Athletics recalled Cruz on Thursday. The former Cubs prospect, who was demoted to the minors in June with an 8.49 ERA as a reliever, returns after an impressive stint as a starter at Triple-A Sacramento. In 13 starts there, the 26-year-old righthander was 5-1 with a 2.90 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 90 strikeouts in 75 innings.
Between games of the Chicago's Tuesday doubleheader with the Texas Rangers, the White Sox optioned Bajenaru to Triple-A Charlotte to make room for Game 2 starter Brandon McCarthy. Bajenaru made his major league debut on Monday, working a scoreless inning against Texas.
The Chicago White Sox recalled Bajenaru on Monday and optioned Jon Adkins to Triple-A Charlotte. The 27-year-old Bajenaru has been terrific at Charlotte, posting a 4-5 record, 1.30 ERA, 19 saves and 81 strikeouts in 69 innings.
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.
Grimsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained Achilles tendon. He has made 14 appearances for the Orioles, posting a 1-1, 7.98 slate in 14.2 innings.
Estrada was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday after missing 14 games with a lumber and cervical strain. The Braves optioned fellow catcher Brayan Pena to Triple-A Richmond to make room on the roster. In 81 games this season, Estrada is hitting .253 with three homers and 35 RBIs.
Gonzalez notched his third multihomer game of the 2005 campaign, going deep twice in Thursday's victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Diamondbacks' veteran outfielder connected for solo shots in both the third and ninth innings. Over his last four games, Gonzalez is 7-for-17 (.412) with a double, three home runs and four RBI.
Activated from the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day, a rusty Lyon allowed two runs on three hits in just 0.2 innings against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. The reliever had been sidelined since May 12 with tendinitis in his pitching elbow.
The Arizona Diamondbacks optioned Koplove to Triple-A Tucson on Saturday. Koplove is 2-1 with a 5.07 ERA in 44 relief appearances with the Diamondbacks this season.
Due to a lumbar and cervical strain, Estrada has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Atlanta Braves, retroactive to August 6. The catcher, who has not played since last Friday, will be replaced on the roster by Brayan Pena. Brian McCann will get the majority of the starts behind the plate in Estrada's stead.
Webb tossed eight solid innings to record the win in Thursday's 3-1 victory over the Florida Marlins. The Diamondbacks' righthander allowed just the single run on four hits, striking out seven and walking one. With the performance, he improved to 10-8 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.78.
Hernandez, who has been nursing a right knee problem for several weeks, has just one win over his last seven starts. The Nationals' righthander turned in his worst performance over that span in Wednesday's loss to the Houston Astros, allowing seven runs -- five earned -- on 10 hits in six innings of work. He struck out five and walked four.
Byrnes has hit safely in all 10 games he has played for Baltimore since being acquired from Colorado on July 29. In those 10 contests, the 29-year-old outfielder is 15-for-46 (.326) with four doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Counsell matched a career-high with five hits -- all singles -- in Sunday's win over the Colorado Rockies, going a perfect 5-for-5. The Diamondbacks' second baseman also scored three times and stole three bases. The last and only other time Counsell recorded five hits in a game was against the Dodgers on May 26, 2002.
Lyon continues to rehab his troublesome pitching elbow in the minor leagues, and if the Diamondbacks' righthander reports no problems after pitching back-to-back days Tuesday and Wednesday, there is a solid chance that he'll be activated from the disabled list by the weekend. Once the move is made, the team plans to ease Lyon back into the closer role. Jose Valverde will handle the bulk of the duties for the time being.
After nearly a month-long stay with the Diamondbacks, Medders was optioned to Triple-A Tucson on Tuesday. The 25-year-old righthander didn't allow a run in five July relief appearances for Arizona, working six scoreless frames while giving up just four hits and a walk and fanning six. He has been promoted to Arizona twice, and for the season, he's 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in 10.1 big league innings.
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.
Groom, who was designated for assignment by the Yankees to make room for Alan Embree over the weekend, was dealt to Arizona for a player to be named or cash, just before the July 31 deadline. Groom was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 24 games with the Yankees this season.
To make room on the roster for newly signed Alan Embree, the New York Yankees have designated Groom for assignment. Groom was 1-0 with a 4.91 ERA in 24 games with the Yankees this season.
Byrnes was traded for a second time in July on Friday night, moving from the Colorado Rockies to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Larry Bigbie. With Oakland and Colorado combined this season, Byrnes is a .253 hitter with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 73 games.
In his first minor league rehab appearance for Triple-A Tucson, Lyon set down the opposition 1-2-3 in the first inning.
After his appeal, Estrada's three-game suspension for an altercation with an umpire earlier this season has been reduced to two games. Nursing a strained lower back, the catcher decided to begin serving the penalty on Wednesday, allowing him to return to action for the start of a four game-series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.
Tracy is on the move yet again. The 25-year-old infielder, who shifted from third base to first to make room for offseason acquisition Troy Glaus, now will see the majority of his playing time in right field for the Diamondbacks. With Jose Cruz designated for assignment on Wednesday, the team will shift Shawn Green to center, creating the opening for Tracy in right. Veteran Tony Clark and top prospect Conor Jackson will split duties at first base.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased Jackson's contract from Triple-A Tucson, filling the roster spot of struggling outfielder Jose Cruz, who was designated for assignment late Wednesday. One of the organization's top prospects, the 23-year-old Jackson will split time at first base with veteran Tony Clark, according to manager Bob Melvin. In 93 games with the minor league club this season, he was batting .354 with eight home runs and 73 RBI.
Apparently, Hernandez' right knee is holding up. He pitched through eight innings against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, yielding just five hits and one run, but came away without a victory for his fourth consecutive start when the Braves tied the game at 2-2 in the ninth and walked away with a 3-2 win in 10 innings.
According to Braves manager Bobby Cox, Estrada will be absent from the starting lineup for at least the next two games after aggravating his strained lower back late in Saturday's meeting with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The catcher has been nursing the injury since colliding with the Angels' Darin Erstad on a play at the plate on June 6. He will be replaced by Brian McCann.
Lyon, who has been sidelined since mid-May with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson on Wednesday. The righthander will toss one inning on Thursday and again on Monday if no problems are reported. Lyon likely won't come off the 15-day disabled list until he's able to pitch on back-to-back days.
Webb rejoined the Diamondbacks on Monday after not traveling with the team the previous night, due to a virus. The righthander was slated to take the mound against the Milwaukee Brewers Monday night, but instead, he will get the call on Tuesday. Webb has not won since June 23, losing his last four decisions. For the year, he is 8-7 with a 4.03 ERA in 20 outings.
Estrada is nursing a strained lower back, an injury suffered late in Saturday's meeting with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The catcher was absent from the Braves' lineup on Sunday and currently is listed as day-to-day. Brian McCann got the starting nod behind the plate in Estrada's stead.
Webb was scheduled to take the mound against Brewers in Milwaukee Monday night, but due to a virus, his start has been scratched. The Diamondbacks' righthander, who did not travel with the team Sunday night, will be replaced by Mike Gosling. Webb has not won since June 23, losing his last four decisions. For the year, he is 8-7 with a 4.03 ERA in 20 outings.
After claiming that he would undergo surgery and miss the rest of the season the previous day, Hernandez backtracked on his comments on Thursday, admitting that he will wait until after the 2005 campaign is complete to go under the knife. The Nationals' righthander, who has been battling inflammation in his right knee since mid-May, said he will continue to take the mound, even if it means pitching through pain.
Hernandez was disgusted following Wednesday's loss to the Colorado Rockies and indicated that he is contemplating undergoing season-ending surgery on his troublesome right knee. The Nationals' righthander, who has lost his last two decisions after winning 11 straight, has been pitching through pain and inflammation in the knee since the middle of May. For the season, he is 12-4 with a 3.44 ERA and one complete game.
Webb was lit up by the Florida Marlins on Wednesday, allowing eight runs on 10 hits, including a pair of two-run homers, in 5.1 innings of work. The Diamondbacks' righthander, who struck out one and walked two, has not won since June 23, losing his last four decisions. For the year, he is 8-7 with a 4.03 ERA in 20 outings.
Tracy notched the first multihomer game of his major league career, clearing the outfield fence twice in Sunday's 6-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Diamondbacks' first baseman connected for a solo homer off Tim Stauffer in the third inning before adding a two-run shot off Chris Hammond in the seventh.
On Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles activated Grimsley from the 60-day disabled list following Tommy John surgery last October. He is returning far ahead of schedule from the procedure. To make room for Grimsley's return, the Orioles designated reliever Steve Reed for assignment.
Estrada was suspended for three games by Major League Baseball on Friday, for making contact with umpire Doug Eddings in a game against the Florida Marlins on June 30. The Braves' catcher also was fined an undisclosed amount of cash.
According to Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, Lyon is not going to resume closing immediately when he is activated from the 15-day disabled list, as the team will ease him back into the role. The righthander has been sidelined since mid-May with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, but has been progressing on schedule in his rehab program. Brian Bruney will continue to be called upon in most save situations for the time being.
On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics traded Byrnes and shortstop prospect Omar Quintanilla to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Joe Kennedy and Jay Witasick. The popular outfielder was batting .266 with seven home runs and 24 RBI in 59 games for the A's.
Hudson, who has been sidelined since a week ago Tuesday with a strained right hamstring, is back in the Toronto lineup in Thursday's first game following the All-Star break. He is batting seventh and playing second base in the Jays' showdown with Tampa Bay.
According to Hernandez, he has been pitching through pain and inflammation in his right knee since the middle of May, and his condition is not likely to improve until he undergoes arthroscopic surgery after the season is over. The All-Star righthander is 12-3 for the upstart Nationals at the break, and despite the gimpy knee he leads the majors in batters faced (578) and pitches thrown (2,220). He currently owns a streak of 15 straight starts with at least 100 pitches.
Hudson, who has been sidelined since last Tuesday with a strained right hamstring, should be back in the lineup when the Blue Jays resume play after the All-Star break. According to manager John Gibbons, the second baseman might be ready on Thursday, and he almost certainly will be back in action by Friday.
Medders will begin his second stint with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being recalled from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday. The righthander, who replaces the injured Shawn Estes on the roster, posted a 3.38 ERA in six relief appearances with the major league club last month.
After tying a franchise record with 11 consecutive winning decisions, Hernandez came up on the short end of the stick in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the New York Mets. The Nationals' ace, who had not recorded a loss since mid-April, allowed five runs on eight hits in seven innings of work, striking out four and walking three.
Hudson was injured Tuesday running the bases after homering in Toronto's 10-7 loss to Oakland. The Jays' second baseman left the game after hobbling around the bases, and his right hamstring remained a bit tight and forced him to sit out Wednesday's contest.
Lyon, who has been sidelined since mid-May with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, reported some minor discomfort during a bullpen session on Monday. The problem is not a huge concern to the Diamondbacks' righthander, and he plans to remain on schedule in his recovery. Prior to his stint on the disabled list, Lyon was 0-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 13 saves in 18 relief appearances this season.
The Diamondbacks sent Medders down to Triple-A Tucson on Saturday. Medders has gone 0-0 with a 3.36 ERA in six appearances with the Diamondbacks in 2005. He will be replaced on the roster by Michael Gosling.
The Diamondbacks sent Medders down to Triple-A Tucson on Saturday. Medders has no record with a 3.36 ERA in six appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2005. He will be replaced on the roster by southpaw Michael Gosling.
Lyon is scheduled to throw off the mound on Saturday, as he continues to work his way back to the Diamondbacks' bullpen. The righthander has been sidelined since mid-May with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, but has been pain-free for more than two weeks. Barring any setbacks, Lyon is expected begin a minor league rehab assignment around the time of the All-Star break.
Gonzalez returned to the Diamondbacks' lineup for Wednesday night's meeting with the San Francisco Giants, going 0-for-4 in the 4-2 loss. The veteran outfielder was activated from bereavement list earlier in the day after missing some time to attend the funeral of his stepfather. Infielder Matt Kata was optioned to the minors to open a spot on the roster.
Gonzalez is expected to rejoin the Diamondbacks Wednesday or Thursday, according to manager Bob Melvin. The outfielder was placed on bereavement leave over the weekend after the death of his stepfather. He attended the funeral on Tuesday.
Lyon continues to expand the distance from which he throws, and if all goes well over the next couple of days, he should be cleared to begin making tosses off the mound. The Diamondbacks' righthander has been sidelined since mid-May with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, but has been pain-free for more than two weeks. Prior to his stint on the disabled list, Lyon was 0-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 13 saves in 18 relief appearances this season.
Hairston has been optioned to Triple-A Tucson by the Arizona Diamondbacks, opening a spot on the roster for outfielder Luis Terrero, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. In 15 games with Arizona this season, Hairston is 2-for-20 with a double and six strikeouts.
Tracy went 4-for-5 with a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the San Francisco Giants, equalling his career high for hits in a game. Three of the first baseman's knocks were doubles, which matched a Diamondbacks franchise mark. Over his last seven games, Tracy is 13-for-24 (.542) with five doubles, one home run and three RBI.
Gonzalez has been placed on the bereavement list by the Arizona Diamondbacks after the death of his stepfather. The outfielder is expected to be out of action until at least the middle of the week. Chad Tracy got the starting nod on Sunday, but the club also will look to Scott Hairston and/or Quinton McCracken to fill the void in the outfield during Gonzalez' absence.
Green notched his second multihomer game of the season and 29th of his major league career, clearing the fence twice in Sunday's win over the Detroit Tigers. The outfielder, who finished the game 3-for-4 with a walk, connected for two-run home runs in the first and fourth inning. He also added a double and scored three times.
Although he is still several weeks away from seeing game action, Grimsley continues to be ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason surgery on his pitching elbow. On Tuesday, the Orioles' righthander, who currently is on the 60-day disabled list, threw off the mound on consecutive days for the first time since going under the knife.
With Russ Ortiz sidelined for at least the next couple of weeks with a strained muscle in his side, Vargas will step into a starting role and fill the void in the Diamondbacks' rotation. The righthander, who was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals last month, is 0-4 with a 10.18 ERA in seven appearances this season, including five starts.
Cruz was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. Obtained from Atlanta in the Tim Hudson trade, Cruz is 0-2 with a 8.49 ERA with the A's this season. Although his future with Oakland is still expected to be as a reliever, Cruz will go into the starting rotation at Sacramento.
The Diamondbacks recalled Koplove from Triple-A Tucson on Saturday. Since being sent down to the minors earlier this month, Koplove had gone 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in three appearances for Tucson. He is 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 30 games with the Diamondbacks in 2005.
The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled Medders from Triple-A Tucson on Saturday. The 25-year-old reliever has never appeared in a major league game. Medders underwent shoulder surgery in June 2004, but has recovered nicely, going 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA and seven saves with Tucson so far this year.
Lyon, who hasn't thrown since May 24 because of an inflamed right elbow, began playing catch Monday. The 25-year-old righthander threw from about 60 feet for six minutes with assistant athletic trainer Dave Edwards before Monday's game and reported no pain in his pitching arm.
As part of their player moves over the weekend, the Arizona Diamondbacks moved Lyon to the 60-day disabled list to make room on their 40-man roster. The D-Backs' closer, who has been out of action since May 12, has been resting an inflamed right elbow and hasn't done any throwing since going on the DL.
Gonzalez, who came up from Triple-A Tucson on Friday, stayed for just the weekend. The 22-year-old righthander was optioned back to Tucson Sunday, in order to make room on the roster for reliever Greg Aquino coming off the disabled list. Gonzalez was roughed up in his only appearance for Arizona on Friday, allowing two hits, two walks and four runs over one-third of an inning in relief.
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.
In shutting down Oakland on eight hits and two runs over eight innings Thursday, Hernandez claimed his eighth straight win and his 10th consecutive quality start. The victory also gave National League East-leading Washington its seventh straight win. For the season, Hernandez now is 9-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 14 starts.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have optioned Koplove to Triple-Tucson and recalled righthander Edgar Gonzalez. The 28-year-old Koplove, who was impressive as a rookie in 2002 and solid the following season, hasn't been as effective in 2004 and this spring. In 2005, the righthander is 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in 30 relief appearances.
On Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks optioned veteran Mike Koplove to Triple-A Tucson and recalled Gonzalez. The 22-year-old Gonzalez was 6-1 with an impressive 3.00 ERA in 12 starts at Tucson.
A deep fly off the bat of Atlanta's Rafael Furcal bounced off the right-field wall and struck DaVanon in the face. The Angels' right fielder got a glove on the ball, but not enough leather to keep the drive from fracturing his nose. He isn't expected to go on the disabled list for the injury. DaVanon is batting .222 in 108 at-bats this season.
Estrada has shown marked improvement in terms of the concussion symptoms and the whiplash he suffered when he was bowled over by the Angels' Darin Erstad on Monday. The Atlanta catcher can turn his neck side-to-side more freely, and his headache and the throbbing inside his head have subsided. The improvement increases the chances that Estrada will return to catching duties this weekend.
The Arizona Diamondbacks placed outfielder Luis Terrero on the 15-day disabled list a groin injury and recalled Hairston to replace him. The 25-year-old Hairston has hit .319 (32-for-141) in 40 games for Triple-A Tucson this season. He was 2-for-9 (.222) with a double in an earlier stint with Arizona.
Clark belted a pinch-hit three-run homer late in Tuesday's loss to the Minnesota Twins, extending his current hitting streak to 11 games. Over that span, the Diamondbacks' veteran first baseman is 18-for-32 (.563) with four doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI.
According to manager Bobby Cox, Estrada should be back behind the plate this weekend, barring any setbacks. The Braves' catcher was diagnosed with a minor concussion and whiplash after being barrelled over by Darin Erstad on a play at the plate in the eighth inning of Monday's meeting with the Los Angeles Angels. As a precautionary measure, he spent the night in the hospital, but was released on Tuesday.
No major problems were found with Estrada's head or neck, and he has been released from the hospital. The Braves' catcher was helped off the field and sent in for precautionary tests after being barrelled over by Darin Erstad on a play at the plate in the eighth inning of Monday's meeting with the Los Angeles Angels. He already has been ruled out of Tuesday's game, and his availability for the rest of the week will be determined on a daily basis.
Estrada likely will miss some time this week after he was barrelled over at the plate by Darin Erstad in Monday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The Braves' catcher had to be helped off the field and was taken to a local hospital to undergo tests for possible head and neck injuries. His status likely will be updated on Tuesday.
With a solo shot off reliever Rheal Cormier in the eighth inning of Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, Gonzalez notched the 300th home run of his major league career. It was the eighth of the 2005 campaign for the Diamondbacks' slugger, who has belted a homer in each of his last two games.
DaVanon and the Angels' other DH options won't see as many at-bats this week, when the Angels play interleague series in Atlanta and New York. DaVanon has just two hits and no extra-base hits in his last 15 at-bats since May 26, and his only chance to get his bat going again may come as a pinch-hitter.
Due to a doubleheader on Saturday, the Diamondbacks likely will be forced to use a spot starter on Wednesday. According to manager Bob Melvin, Vargas will be the top option to get the nod. The righthander was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals, who designated him for assignment last week.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed Vargas off waivers from the Washington Nationals. The righthander was designated for assignment last week after going 0-3 with a 9.24 ERA and 2.29 WHIP in four major league starts this season.
Heredia, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left thumb, also has been battling circulation problems in his arm. After being evaluated more closely, the Mets' reliever has been diagnosed with an aneurysm in his left shoulder, and he will undergo surgery on Thursday, putting an end to his 2005 season.
It appears that Snyder has claimed the Arizona starting catcher job over fellow rookie Koyie Hill, who was optioned to Triple-A Tucson.
Webb took his first loss of the 2005 campaign in Thursday's 10-0 defeat against the San Diego Padres. The righthander, who had won his first six decisions, allowed six runs -- three earned -- on nine hits, including two home runs. He struck out six and walked three.
Despite showing some progress over the weekend, Lyon will not be allowed to throw for the next 10 days after an MRI on his ailing pitching elbow revealed some changes to the ulnar collateral ligament. The Diamondbacks' closer, who has been sidelined for more than two weeks, will seek another opinion to determine his best course of action. The team currently does not have a timetable for his return.
Vargas failed to get out of the second inning in Wednesday's loss to the Cincinnati Reds, allowing three runs on three hits and three walks in just 1.2 innings of work. It was his third poor performance in a row, prompting the Nationals to designate him for assignment. He will be replaced on the roster by Sunny Kim.
According to Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, Lyon had no major problems after throwing prior to Sunday's game against the Detroit Tigers. The closer, who currently is on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, will expand his workouts over the next several days, barring any setbacks. There is a chance he could be back in the bullpen as early as this weekend. Brian Bruney will continue to handle the team's save situations for the time being.
Despite a tender right knee that needed to be drained of fluid on Monday, Hernandez secured his sixth straight win with six one-run innings in Washington's 3-2 victory over Milwaukee Thursday. After claiming his sixth "W" in a row, the 30-year-old righthander is 7-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 10 starts. In his six straight winning starts, Hernandez has posted a 2.49 ERA and a complete game.
Barring any last-minute setbacks, Hernandez will get the starting nod against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, as scheduled. The Nationals' righthander, who injured his right knee while fielding a groundball in the seventh inning of Saturday's matchup with the Chicago Cubs, had fluid drained from the knee on Monday after an MRI revealed some minor inflammation. No structural damage was found, and Hernandez should be fine going forward.
The Arizona Diamondbacks had planned to get Lyon back on Wednesday after holding him out for nearly a week, due to tendinitis in his pitching elbow. Instead, the team decided to place the righthander on the 15-day disabled list and allow him to rest the arm. The ailment is considered minor, and the move is purely precautionary. He should be back within a couple of weeks. Filling the void on the roster will be infielder Matt Kata, recalled from Triple-A Tucson.
Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin decided not to use Lyon over the weekend after the righthander pitched in three straight games late last week and developed some minor minor tendinitis in his pitching elbow as a result. The closer will be available for Wednesday's meeting with the Houston Astros, if needed.
Hernandez had fluid drained from his right knee on Monday after an MRI revealed some minor inflammation, but no structural damage. The Nationals' righthander, who was injured when he ranged to his right to field a groundball in the seventh inning of Saturday's matchup with the Chicago Cubs, hopes to be ready for his scheduled start on Thursday. He continues to be listed as day-to-day.
If Hernandez is unable to take the mound on Thursday, the Nationals likely will turn to either Tomo Ohka or Zach Day -- both former starters currently pitching in relief. In nine starts this season, Hernandez is 6-2 with a 3.90 ERA and one complete game. He's won his last five outings.
Hernandez' right knee was much improved on Sunday, but the Nationals' righthander will still undergo a precautionary MRI and X-ray on Monday, as scheduled. Hernandez, who was injured when he ranged to his right to field a groundball in the seventh inning of Saturday's matchup with the Chicago Cubs, hopes to be ready for his scheduled start on Thursday. He currently is listed as day-to-day.
Hernandez reportedly has been nursing the problem since last week. If he is unable to take the mound on Thursday, the Nationals likely will turn to either Tomo Ohka or Zach Day -- both former starters currently pitching in relief. In nine starts this season, Hernandez is 6-2 with a 3.90 ERA and one complete game. He's won his last five outings.
One of the most durable pitchers in the game, Hernandez left Saturday's contest with the Cubs early due to a right knee injury. Hernandez ranged to his right to field a groundball in the seventh inning, and one out later called for the team trainer and Washington manager Frank Robinson. The righthander was replaced by reliever Gary Majewski and will be evaluated on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury.
Hernandez earned the win to push his record to 5-2. Consider him day-to-day until more information is available about his injury.
The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned Jarvis back to Triple-A Memphis, where he was 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in four starts earlier this season prior to being called up late last month. The righthander struggled in four relief appearances with the Cards, going 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA.
To fill the void on the roster and in the bullpen, the Cardinals have purchased the contract of veteran lefthander Gabe White.
Choate, who was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, has cleared waivers, and the team will send the lefthander outright to Triple-A Tucson. In eight relief appearances with Arizona this season, Choate has no record and a 9.00 ERA.
Lyon needed just six pitches to retire the side in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals, notching his major league-leading 13th save of the 2005 campaign. The Diamondbacks' closer has given up 19 hits in 17.1 innings of work this season, but allowed just three earned runs to score.
For the year, the 25-year-old Lyon is 0-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 17 relief appearances. He has struck out 11 batters and walked just three.
As anticipated, Vargas made his 2005 season debut in Wednesday's matchup with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Nationals' righthander, who missed nearly two months with a sprained pitching elbow, turned in a solid performance, allowing just one unearned run on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out three and walked none.
The Nationals moved the struggling Tomo Ohka to the bullpen to open a spot in the starting rotation for Vargas. In 45 appearances last season, including 14 starts, Vargas was 5-5 with a 5.25 ERA.
Vargas has finished up his rehab time with Triple-A New Orleans and will be activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals in time to take the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. The righthander, who was working his way back from a sprained pitching elbow, takes the roster spot of demoted outfielder Endy Chavez. Vargas went 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA in five starts with the minor league club.
With Vargas joining the rotation, the struggling Tomo Ohka will be moved to the bullpen. In 45 relief appearances last season, including 14 starts, Vargas was 5-5 with a 5.25 ERA.
Green was held out of the Diamondbacks starting lineup on Thursday for the first time this season due to general fatigue. It's unknown if Green has any kind of nagging injury aggravating his hitting ability, however, he should be back in the lineup this weekend.
If you have someone who can take his place in the lineup, perhaps you should give him some bench time, until his bat comes around again.
Choate has been designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks after posting a 9.00 ERA in his first eight relief appearances of the 2005 campaign. The lefthander will be replaced on the roster by righthander Kerry Ligtenberg, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday.
The Diamondbacks will have 10 days to trade Choate, release him or send him outright to the minor leagues.
Hernandez went the distance in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, notching the 41st complete game of his major league career and first of the 2005 campaign. The Nationals' righthander allowed two runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking three.
Hernandez has gone seven or more innings in five of his seven starts this season. For the year, he is 4-2 with a 4.04 ERA.
Opening a spot on the 25-man roster for reliever Jose Valverde, the Arizona Diamondbacks have optioned Hairston to Triple-A Tucson. In limited action with Arizona this season, Hairston had two hits, including a double, in eight at-bats.
Hairston was called up when Jose Cruz went on the disabled list last month. He saw most of his time at second base last year, but since has moved to the outfield.
Valverde made his 2005 season debut in Monday's loss to the San Francisco Giants, allowing one hit and striking out a batter in one scoreless inning of work. The righthander, who had been sidelined since spring training with tendinitis in his biceps, was activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier in the day. Outfielder Scott Hairston was optioned to the minors to open a spot on the roster.
Valverde will serve as a setup man for closer Brandon Lyon. In 29 relief appearances last season, Valverde went 1-2 with a 4.25 ERA and eight saves, striking out 38 and walking 17 in 29.2 innings.
With the St. Louis Cardinals in the middle of a four-week stretch without a day off, the team recalled Jarvis to bolster the bullpen. As a starter at Memphis, the 35-year-old righthander was 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in four starts.
Jarvis was the last player cut by the Cardinals at the end of spring training, but now he'll get his chance to help the big league club. He may not be available to work until the weekend after throwing more than 100 pitches in a Tuesday start for Memphis.
Lyon, who was handed the Diamondbacks' closer job after Greg Aquino was slowed by elbow problems in spring training, has prospered in the role so far this season. In eight appearances, the 25-year-old righthander is 0-1 with a 1.04 ERA and six saves. He's struck out seven batters and walked just one in 8.2 innings.
Lyon has a firm grasp on the job and is not expected to lose it, even when Aquino returns to the Arizona bullpen.
Groom, the 13-year veteran who couldn't crack the Yankees' Opening Day pitching staff, has been recalled from Triple-A Columbus. The 39-year-old lefthander got the call when reliever Tanyon Sturtze went on the disabled list Monday with a strained left oblique muscle.
Groom wasn't especially effective at Columbus, making six appearances in which he allowed six hits, including two homers, over 4.2 innings. He posted a 5.79 ERA there.
Heredia has been sent back to New York to undergo tests to determine the extent of the left thumb problem that forced him to leave in the sixth inning of Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets' lefthander will be unavailable for Tuesday's contest, and reportedly, he could land on the disabled list.
Heredia has been bothered by numbness in his pitching hand since spring training, so unless he improves significantly over the next day or two, a trip to the DL is likely. Despite the ailment, he has allowed just one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings so far this season.
After undergoing an MRI in New York on Tuesday, Heredia was diagnosed with a strained thumb on his pitching hand and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Mets. The lefthander, who was pulled from Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Phillies after reporting numbness and weakness in the thumb, will be replaced on the roster by righthander Heath Bell.
Heredia has been bothered by numbness in his pitching hand since spring training, but despite the ailment, he has allowed just one hit in 2.2 scoreless innings so far this season.
As the season moves deep into its first month, Snyder seems to be gaining an advantage over fellow rookie Koyie Hill in the Arizona battle for playing time behind the plate. Snyder is 11-for-31 (.355) with five runs scored in nine games, and he seems to be playing two games to every one for Hill. Hill has appeared in six games and is off to a 2-for-15 start (.133) with a pair of RBI.
It's early yet, but it works to Snyder's advantage that his catching skills are more advanced. If Snyder keeps hitting, Hill will have trouble getting him out of the Arizona lineup.
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.
According to Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, Valverde has reported improvement in his pitching arm over the past several days, and barring any setbacks, he could be activated from the 15-day disabled list within the next couple of weeks. The righthander has been battling tendinitis in his biceps since late in spring training.
Valverde has 18 saves over the past two seasons, but with Brandon Lyon doing a fine job in the closer role so far, Valverde will pitch in a setup role once he returns. In 83 career relief appearances, he is 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA, striking out 109 in 80 innings.
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.
Estrada had his bruised right hand heavily wrapped during Wednesday's action, and the Braves do not expect him to be available for Thursday's series wrap-up with the Flordia Marlins. The catcher took a foul tip off the hand in the first inning of Tuesday's season opener and remained in the lineup before eventually exiting for good in the fifth. If Estrada continues to improve over the next 24-36 hours, he hopes to be available for Friday's home opener.
Eddie Perez will remain behind the plate for the Braves until Estrada is able to return. In 134 games last season -- his first as Atlanta's primary catcher -- Estrada batted .314 with nine home runs and 76 RBI.
Gonzalez helped lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to their first win of the 2005 campaign, going 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and a walk in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The veteran outfielder was 1-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's season opener.
Gonzalez has reported no major problems with his surgically repaired right elbow this spring, so the Diamondbacks expect him to man left field on a daily basis. Limited to just 105 games last season, he batted .259 with 17 home runs and 48 RBI. In his first five seasons with Arizona, Gonzalez averaged 33.6 homers and 114.8 RBI per year.
Precautionary X-rays on Estrada's bruised right hand were negative, but the Braves' catcher likely will be forced to miss at least a couple of games. Estrada took a foul tip off the hand in the first inning of Tuesday's season opener against the Florida Marlins and remained in the lineup before eventually exiting for good in the fifth. He has been listed as day-to-day, and the team hopes he can return as early as Friday.
Until Estrada can return to action, Eddie Perez will get the starting nod behind the plate for the Braves. In 134 games last season -- his first as Atlanta's primary catcher -- Estrada batted .314 with nine home runs and 76 RBI.
After allowing just one run on four hits and recording two saves in 13 innings this spring, Lyon will begin the regular season as the Arizona Diamondbacks' primary closer. The righthander struck out 13 batters and walked none in his exhibition action.
Greg Aquino was slated to claim the closer role, but he was slowed by elbow problems this spring, opening the door for Lyon. For his career, Lyon is 10-14 with nine saves and a 4.99 ERA in 75 big league games with Toronto and Boston. He missed most of last season while recovering from elbow surgery.
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.
The Diamondbacks have placed Valverde on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 25. The righthander has an injured pitching shoulder and biceps muscle, but will be eligible to come off the DL on April 10. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee he'll be ready to pitch at that time.
Greg Aquino is still slated to be Arizona's closer, so even if Valverde comes back soon, his role will be as a setup man.