Mitch Haniger made his MLB debut on Wednesday and promptly tripled off of New York ace, Noah Syndergaard. Braden Shipley took the mound for Arizona hoping to build on his last stellar outing. Unfortunately for the Diamondbacks, he did not have his best stuff, and the Mets (and Syndergaard) caught up to him in a forgettable fifth inning.
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Chip Hale recently called out the catching corps for not doing the job in helping the Arizona pitchers get the most out of their game.
With only one year of control left over the slugging backstop, the Diamondbacks have entered into preliminary discussions to extend the 31-year-old’s stay in Arizona.
Speaking of contracts, Diamondbacks President and CEO, Derrick Hall confirmed that Tony La Russa’s contract with the Diamondbacks runs through the end of the 2016 season.
In injury news that is not surprising at this point, Nick Ahmed, who has been out with a right hip impingement since July 25, is unlikely to return to the field this season. Whether or not he not he has been Wally Pipped remains to be seen.
After a phone conversation with Dr. James Andrews, Rubby De La Rosa has decided to skip surgery in favor of continued rehab. Rehab will include throwing only his fastball and slider while leaving his changeup on the shelf as he pitches out of the bullpen.