[FOX Sports] Edwin Escobar struggles in Diamondbacks debut - When the Diamondbacks abruptly put two-fifths of the starting rotation on the disabled list last week, the announcement Archie Bradley would fill one void surprised non one. The same cannot be said of Edwin Escobar's addition. Escobar did little of quell those concerns, as the Astros sent him to the clubhouse after just 3 1/3 innings Sunday Escobar was hurt by a couple weakly hit balls that found their way around the D-backs' infield shifts, as well as Michael Bourn's error in right field. But 11 of the final 16 Astros the left-hander faced reached base -- 10 by way of a hit.
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks, Edwin Escobar see positives in debut loss\ - "(Escobar) was inconsistent with fastball command and the slider, too, was moving a lot," catcher Welington Castillo said. "So he didn’t have really good command today but I think the stuff is pretty good." Hale mentioned Escobar’s velocity – he sat around 93 mph and touched 95, impressive for a lefty – and noted that he threw breaking balls from multiple arm angles, something the club might ask him to curtail. "I think Butch feels like one of his angles that he was throwing was a really nice looking breaking ball," Hale said. "Maybe just really work on that one."
[Arizona Sports] Escobar's first start spolied - There’s just been too many games – here at home, especially – where we’re trying to figure out how to get through the game with our pitching. Make sure no one gets hurt, that we have guys for tomorrow and when do we take Goldy out of the game to give him some rest. Those are decisions as a manager and a staff that you don’t want to deal with." – Chip Hale
[dbacks.com] Edwin Escobar struggles in first MLB start - "We saw some good things," Hale said of Escobar's D-backs debut. "I talked to Butch during the game, and it's hard that we didn't have him in Spring Training -- we picked him up on waivers when the season started, we didn't have a real good baseline with our own eyes on him. There's some stuff that needs to be refined, and Butch likes the arm. We get four days of work before he starts again, so we'll see what we can do to tighten it up a little bit. I think he's going to help us."
[dbacks.com] D-backs show their support on Memorial Day - "It's obviously special to have a day to honor those who have fallen fighting for our country," Ziegler said. "If this is a way we can honor them in our workplace, obviously everybody's more than happy to do it and excited to do it. I obviously have got a special place in my heart for the military, and anything we can do to honor them, we're all over it. It'd be cool to me if they had camo bats and stuff like that, as long as it wasn't too out of hand.
[Fox Sports] Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson discusses his recent trip to see Double-A Mobile play three games.
[AZ Central] Production from Herrmann earning him more ABs - Herrmann’s production has begun to compare favorably to everyday catcher Welington Castillo. Since beginning the season just 1 for 20, Herrmann has hit .397/.463/.793 in his past 68 plate appearances. Though Hale said he considered using the versatile Herrmann in the outfield on Monday, he said Herrmann likely will start behind the plate on Tuesday afternoon. If his offensive production remains anywhere close to its current levels, he could continue to force his way into the lineup. "It’s going to be very difficult," Hale said. "This guy is earning at-bats and we need to get him more."
[Examiner] For Diamondbacks, day games and DH present immediate challenges - "With all the day games coming up, there will be a few adjustments," Hale said before Sunday’s home game. "There could be a change in routine, but not management of a game. The players need to be ready, and accountable." Adjustments mean limited batting practice sessions and body clock modifications. With two months of the season in the books, Hale pointed out that daily batting practice times can be adjusted and said for day games immediately coming up on Monday and Tuesday, batting practice is optional. There is always the cage, and players can limit or extended time there.
[New York Post] How MLB’s dreaded ‘book’ infects every aspect of baseball - Not long ago, Terry Collins, baseball lifer, would not have pulled an effective reliever after only a few pitches. Why? Because that would have made no sense. So why does he now regularly do what once made no sense? Because everyone else does! Pitchers are now plug-in robots and managers are bound by "The Book," the latest edition filled with science fiction read as repetitive formulas for success.
[MLB] Cubs one-hit Dodgers at Wrigley Field - "It was truly Travis Wood's day," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of the lefty. "He set that whole game up." Wood (four innings), Justin Grimm (one), Pedro Strop (one) and Hector Rondon (one) combined to throw seven perfect innings in relief of starter Jason Hammel, who had to leave after two innings because of cramping in his right hamstring. The Dodgers, who arrived in Chicago early Monday after playing in New York on Sunday night, managed one hit, a bloop single by Justin Turner with two outs in the first off Hammel that dropped between Heyward and Ben Zobrist in shallow right. [Pause. Hahahahaha]