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Gerald Laird to DL, A.J. Schugel called up

Laird's balky back has proven troublesome enough that a disabled list trip is needed, with the team calling up another bullpen arm in his place.

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Laird had been limited in action so far, seeing only five innings of work over the first five games. The original plan was to have him start yesterday and catch Archie Bradley, but his back made that impossible - and it turned out that Tuffy Gosewisch did a pretty good job calling the game. This will likely mean Gosewisch starts almost every day, but we do have Jordan Pacheco on the roster, if Tuffy needs a break.

Schugel was originally a 25th-round pick by the Los Angeles Angels in 2010, but became part of the Diamondbacks organization as the player to be named later in the Mark Trumbo trade. Though a Florida native, he went to school at Central Arizona Colleg0, where he was actually an infielder before being drafted, and got onto the radar this spring by allowing two hits and no runs over his first six scoreless innings. While he was lit up in a couple of later outings, ending the Cactus League with an 8.00 ERA, he did enough to be the first man on the bus out of Reno.