"I've seen him hit some mammoth home runs. He's definitely got a lot of power. I know he's been hurt off and on the last couple years. Coming up he was the best hitter I ever played with in the minor leagues. It's just a matter of being able to stay healthy at this point, I think."
- David Hernandez on Nolan Reimold
In a competition of who could spoil a brilliant-but-abbreviated outing from their starting pitcher first, the Colorado Rockies bullpen managed to out-stink its Arizona Diamondbacks counterpart, handing 3B Jake Lamb his first career grand slam and the Diamondbacks a 5-2 win Friday at Chase Field.
David Hernandez has fond memories of Nolan Reimold. The injured Diamondbacks pitcher and the newly acquired outfielder played in the minors together in the Baltimore Orioles' system and debuted in the majors together in 2009. Hernandez remembers what Reimold could do at the plate before two neck surgeries sent the outfielder back to Square 1.
Lamb had a slow start in a small sample size with the D-backs, and Green texted Lamb while the D-backs were in Washington, reminding him of his earlier turnaround. Since that and two work days with D-backs hitting coach Turner Ward, Lamb has reached safely in all four games he has played, with four hits, three walks and his first major league home run last Saturday.
The D-backs expect to get a host of players back from the disabled list when rosters expand on Monday. The D-backs added outfielder Nolan Reimold to the roster Friday and released outfielder Xavier Paul.
Future Baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson is selling his Paradise Valley mansion. The left-handed pitching legend is asking $25 million for the 25,000-square-foot Tuscan-style home near Mummy Mountain.
If you feel sorry for hitters who have to face Cincinnati Reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, wait until you see former Japanese baseball player Takeshi Yamasaki try to hit a 186 mph fastball.
The injury-riddled Yankees were dealt another blow Friday when Masahiro Tanaka suffered a setback in his rehab after experiencing general soreness in his throwing arm.