Diamondbacks' Off-day News: Snyder rehab, Whitesell up and Haren's early start

No actual game action for the Diamondbacks today, as we get a bonus day-off before startimg the second-half - enjoy it, as we then have thirteen games in thirteen days! Speaking of which, any chance of a spot recapper for Monday's game in Colorado? It's our seventh wedding anniversary, so I am thinking it would probably be better for my long-term survival if I did not spend the entire evening watching and/or writing about the Diamondbacks... [Dinner out somewhere, and part one of Torchwood: Children of Earth is likely a wiser choice!]

In the meantime, there's a lot of audio clippage, starting with Hinch on Gambo and Ash from Tuesday. Then we have Derrick Hall from Doug and Wolf this morning, and then more from Hinch. He discusses the move from Tucson to the edge of Scottsdale, and what the hopes are for the second half of the season - he's got a goal of getting back to .500 by the end. Chris Young also chimes in on that topic, hoping we can continue where the team left off.

On the injury front, Chris Snyder's back in action. Or maybe his back is back in action - he'll join Single-A Visalia on Monday for a few days before moving up to Reno.  He plans to DH the first game, then catch five innings, DH again,  take an off day, catch 7-9 innings, have a day off then catch 7-9 innings in consecutive games. The hope is to get him back with the Diamondbacks for the East coast road trip that begins July 31st. Tom Gordon is also continuing his rehab assignment in Tucson.

As expected, Josh Whitesell has been called up for his third stint in the majors - this one looks more likely to stick, with the departure of Tony Clark. Hinch wouldn't yet comment on playing time, preferring to wait until he had a talk with Whitesell and Chad Tracy, but it would appear Whitesell will be the regular starter. Clippage from both players and Hinch is also included. Finally, after throwing only 12 pitches in the All-Star Game, Dan Haren's start has been moved up to Saturday in St. Louis, meaning it'll be Garland, Haren and Petit this series. At least we don't have to see Yusmeiro in Coors...

Audio courtesy of KTAR 620

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