SnakeBytes 5/2: Surgery for Leo; Monday's starter announced

Welcome to the arena of pain
where everyone is a victim
We all are to blame
  -- Front Line Assembly, Buried Alive

A series that started so well in Chicago, has finally come to a merciful end, and the D-backs head on to Houston, hoping for better things in that four-game set. At least the called-for protests against the Diamondbacks basically failed to materialize in any notable numbers. I think we had as many people here protesting our bullpen. And that's the last mention of any political topics you'll get from me. Instead, here are some recaps on today's game, with other stories of interest after the jump. And don't forget my chat with the ProSports guys at 7:30pm [not 7pm as I said] tonight. Click on the image below to join us, or you can Twitter your questions in.

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Recaps

D-backs News and Notes

  • [dbacks.com] Valdez to get start against Astros - "I think he's pitched the best," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "He's had a good run of starts. He'll get his first taste of the big leagues and we'll give him the opportunity to stick."
  • [Reno Gazette-Journal] Aces players remember 'getting the call' - "There are many firsts a major league baseball player will remember of the course of his career. But how about how he got there? How was he told he made the big leagues? "It's something they'll always remember," Aces manager Brett Butler said. And Butler likes to make it that much more memorable."
  • [AZCentral] Kelly Johnson: Player of the Month for April? - "Here in the Wrigley Field press box, I was just handed my April awards ballot for the National League, and at first glance it looks like a pretty close call for player of the month between the Diamondbacks’ Kelly Johnson and St. Louis’ Colby Rasmus."
  • [AZCentral] Drew gets first hit vs. left-hander - "Teammates gave shortstop Stephen Drew a hard time for finally getting his first hit against a left-hander on Thursday in Chicago. But despite Drew being just 1 for 16 against them this season, manager A.J. Hinch isn't ready to "pull the plug" on letting him face lefties."
  • [dbacks.com] Collmenter dominates in Triple-A debut - "One night after joining the Reno Aces, Collmenter turned in a debut that made the unorthodox promotion look brilliant. He struck out eight over seven shutout innings in a 7-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers"
  • [dbacks.com] Rosales to have surgery on right foot - "D-backs reliever Leo Rosales was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot on Saturday, which will require surgery. The injury could keep the right-hander out of action for at least two months."

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