SnakeBytes, 6/10: The Cahill stops here Edition

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Arizona lost to Houston, but the big news involved struggling pitcher Trevor Cahill, who will learn his fate in the next 10 days. Will he stay or will he go?

Cahill being DFA'd

[dbacks.com] D-backs designated struggling Cahill for assignment - "The way I'm throwing right now I don't know necessarily what the outcome of that would be," Cahill said of electing free agency. "I just want to get back to being a starter and right now I'm not built up... I like playing here. I want to stay here, but I want to get better and be the guy that I can be."

[ArizonaSports] D-backs designate RHP Trevor Cahill for assignment - "There's times when I come out of the 'pen and I feel good and there's starts where I feel really good, it's just those starts where I don't feel sharp I just kind of have to figure out a way to get through it and still help the team win. I'm sure they have a plan and I trust them. I feel like they'll do right by me. They haven't given me any indication that they wouldn't, so I'm just going to do whatever's best for the team.

[FOX Sports] D-backs designate Cahill for assignment but hope he sticks around - "I'm not one that regrets trades," Towers said. "When I make a trade, I live with it. I'll live with this one, also. I'll back it. I don't watch what the other guys are doing to see if I am winning the deal. At the time, we felt we had a chance to acquire a proven winner and make us a better club. We think he can get back to where he was.... It's not unprecedented. We want to take what we view as a very valuable asset and do everything in our power to and educate him to where we think he can get again. Hope he embraces it and gets him back on track again."

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks designate Trevor Cahill for assignment - "The last year and a half have been tough," Kevin Towers said. "He's a guy that mechanically has a hard time staying in sync and being consistent. The arm slot, the hand position – a lot of moving parts. He's a hard-working young guy who's bright and wants to do well. Sometimes, this happens for guys early in their career, others in the middle of their career. It's not like it's unprecedented. I told him that today. I said, 'Our job and your job is to try to figure it out and get straightened out and get back on track.'"

Trevor Cahill speaks (audio courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks):

Recaps

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks drop series opener to Astros - "I didn't settle in for a while and couldn't find a rhythm," Collmenter said. "Pitches that I made better late in the game got outs, and pitches early in the game were getting hit. They just weren't going where I wanted to — a little up in the zone and a little over the plate."

[FOX Sports] Astros' Sipp plays right field between mowing down D-backs lefties - Left-hander Tony Sipp had appearance bonuses written into his contract with Houston this season. He must have seen Monday coming. Specialist Sipp appeared twice. "I thought those days were behind me," said Sipp, who played center field and pitched at Clemson. "I thought I would just pitch around Goldschmidt. I never thought I would go out and play the field and come back. (Porter) joked about it my first day I signed with the Astros, but I thought it was just a joke."

[ArizonaSports] Slow start cripples Diamondbacks in opening loss to Astros - "All things considered, with our bullpen the way it was, for (Josh Collmenter) to give us seven innings and give us 100 pitches and that situation the way he started, that was excellent," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He did his job. We had a great opportunity to come back and win; couldn't push them across."

[Dbacks.com] Early stumbles haunt D-backs as comeback falls short - "He's got a good, live arm," Gibson said of Cosart. "We haven't seen him. His ball has natural cut, had a good curveball. With guys on base he's a little different pitcher and we had some pretty good at-bats on him, had some pressure on him and we got him out of there. He's got a good-looking arm."

Other team news

[ArizonaSports] Anderson the latest in a long line of hurlers to surprise and impress - In each of the last five seasons the D-backs have had a young pitcher step into the rotation and provide the team a much needed shot in the arm. Sometimes they were heralded prospects, other times not so much. Often times they began their big league careers in the bullpen only to eventually be moved into the rotation. The one thing they have in common is they took advantage of an opportunity when it presented itself.

[FOX Sports] A look behind the curtain: Inside the Diamondbacks clubhouse - Diamondbacks director of team travel Roger Riley recently gave FOX Sports Arizona's Lisa Blanco a Cribs-style behind-the-scenes tour of the team's clubhouse at Chase Field.

[dbacks.com] Paul Goldschmidt takes big leap, tightens All-Star race at first base - Paul Goldschmidt continued his climb up the All-Star Game voting totals. Goldschmidt is second in the most recent National League totals, which were released Monday night. With 784,026 votes, Goldschmidt trails only the Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez, who has 888,906 votes. In the first totals released two weeks ago, Goldschmidt was fifth in the voting and last week he moved up to fourth.

[ArizonaSports] Troublesome knee lands Eric Chavez on disabled list - "Honestly, I should've done this probably about three-to-four weeks ago," he said. "So we're going to just try to let it calm down, give it rest. We've done everything we possibly could on the medical side other than just let it chill out for a little awhile. (The doctor) just said it's a beat up knee. I get swelling in there from time to time and we've drained it a few times. It's just to the point where we've done all that other stuff so let's just give it time to heal and see if we can get it better."

And elsewhere...

[HardballTalk] Tyler Skaggs lands on disabled list with right hamstring strain - The Angels announced that left-hander Tyler Skaggs has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that the move was precautionary after Skaggs felt soreness after his start last Thursday against the Astros. The hope is that he’ll be ready in two weeks, but Scioscia added that hamstring injuries "can take on a life of their own."

[Yahoo] Lonnie Chisenhall's 'once-in-a-lifetime' game: 5-for-5, 3 homers, 9 RBIs - Only three other players, and none since Fred Lynn in 1975, have ever collected at least that many hits, home runs and RBIs in a single game. Chisenhall is the only one ever to go a perfect 5 for 5 at the plate. RBIs became an official statistic in 1920. Chisenhall hit a two-run homer in the second, another in the fourth and a three-run shot in the eighth in his final at-bat. He also had an RBI single in the first and an RBI double in the sixth.

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