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Marshall and Wagner Optioned, Hessler Recalled

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The Diamondbacks were forced to make another roster move today in order to bolster their overused bullpen.

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And instead of one move, it appears to be two! The unlucky players sent down are Evan Marshall and Tyler Wagner. Marshall generally pitched well in his return to Major League action, but struggled yesterday and wound up taking the loss. Wagner has been excellent in his long relief appearances, especially considering that he has entered his last two games in very difficult situations. But I think we all expected Wagner to be sent down, given the need for someone to provide length, especially tomorrow. We'll likely see them both up again quite soon, with how the season has gone so far.

Hessler has been a mixed bag in seven outings for Mobile. He's faced 26 batters, and allowed seven hits and three walks, as well as three runs. BABIP against him is .412, so he's likely been a bit unlucky. Of his seven outings, only twice has he not allowed a baserunner, which is concerning (especially since one of those outings he faced only one batter.) Last season, Hessler generally struggled in August, but did much better after being a September call-up. He gave up 9 runs in August but only 2 in September, despite pitching the same amount of innings. He'll likely be used as a LOOGY, although he can also face RHB. Of course, given that he carries a 1.000 batting average (and 442 OPS+) maybe he's being called up for his bat? Just needs to make sure he doesn't get thrown out trying to stretch it to a double, again.

Per the team, there will be, of course, a second move coming:

Here are some candidates for the second move. Care to vote on who you think it will be?

Zack Godley performed very well in nine outings for the Diamondbacks in 2015, but as he is still being stretched back into a starter, he began the season in Mobile. In three starts for the BayBears he has done well, been about average, and done badly, in that order. Last time out, he gave up 5 runs on 10 hits. He was lights out early, though, throwing four scoreless before giving up one in the fifth, two in the sixth, and two more before being pulled in the seventh. Hopefully, he won't be working until tomorrow, as he only has two days of rest since that outing.

Matt Koch is another option. He was acquired for Addison Reed last year, and is in the process of being stretched back into a starter. In three starts for the BayBears, he has allowed just one run, but has struggled to pitch deep into games. He has struck out 12 and walked 4 in his time there this season.

Update: ryeandi pointed out in another thread, and I failed to notice, that Koch is currently on the 7 day DL. So he will not be called up, obviously.

Dominic Leone could make his return to the major leagues. After being acquired in the Trumbo deal last year, he struggled and was optioned to Mobile. This year, he started the year in Reno and posted four straight scoreless appearances to open the season, but has allowed two runs in each of his last two appearances. Batters are hitting .308 off of him, but that .438 BABIP clearly isn't helping.

Of course, someone off the 40-man could also have their contract purchased. Kaleb Fleck, who has pitched well in Reno, is an option, although he doesn't provide much length. Adam Loewen, who has also pitched well in Reno and has gone 3 innings in an emergency start there, is another option. Since Kyle Drabek pitched last night, his return seems unlikely.