The Arizona Diamondbacks recalled LHP Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Reno, designated LHP Adam Loewen for assignment and reinstated C Welington Castillo from the Bereavement List, as announced by D-backs Sr. Vice President & General Manager Dave Stewart. Following yesterday’s game, the D-backs optioned C Óscar Hernández to Double-A Mobile.
Escobar, 24, has gone 6-3 with a 4.25 ERA (43 ER in 91.0 IP) in 16 starts for the Aces this season. He has also made 3 appearances (2 starts) over 3 stints with Arizona. Loewen, 32, went 1-0 with a 15.00 ERA (10 ER in 6.0 IP) in 8 games with the D-backs after having his contract selected on July 30. Castillo, 29, left the team last Tuesday to be with his wife, Kissalry, for the birth of their second child, Jeremiah, and was transferred to the Bereavement List on Friday after experiencing complications. The complications have now been cleared up and the baby is now healthy. Castillo is hitting .254 (74-for-291) with 15 doubles, 12 homers and 40 RBI in 80 games for the D-backs this season.
Not particularly unexpected, the team likely wanting a fresh bullpen arm after their relief corps had to throw an excessive number of innings over the weekend in Boston. Loewen was the sacrificial lamb, but given his age and likely lack of significant future, it’s no real surprise. The swap of Escobar keeps the team at two left-handed relievers, with him joining Steve Hathaway, who has been quietly effective since his nightmare debut. Hathaway has a 7.1 scoreless inning streak, allowing four hits and a walk with five strikeouts, after giving up three earned runs while retiring one batter in his first appearance.
Good to see Beef back as well, and that his wife and child are both doing well now.