The Diamondbacks bullpen has been taxed lately, with the starting staff not being able to consistently pitch deep into games. That has put an unnecessary strain on the bullpen, which is operating on fumes after having to piece together five innings in the Dbacks 10-9 win over the Braves last night. The results have not been pretty, with the bullpen pitching to an ERA of 6.87 in August. The Diamondbacks still have 7 days left between now and September 1st, when the active rosters expand from 25 to a maximum of 40 players.
The Diamondbacks have struggled late in games, especially when asking Jake Barrett and Enrique Burgos to get the job done, with both playing in their first full MLB season. Their struggles combined with the solid efforts by veterans Randall Delgado and Daniel Hudson have led towards the two getting more opportunities in higher leverage situations.
#Dbacks will be making some roster moves in the next half hour to fortify bullpen— Jake Rill (@JakeDRill) August 25, 2016
Important things to note is these players have already had their option years exercised for 2016 or have option years remaining: Enrique Burgos, Jake Barrett, Evan Marshall, Silvino Bracho, Dominic Leone, Edwin Escobar, Steve Hathaway, and Daniel Hudson. With 5 years of service time, Hudson can refuse an optional assignment, although he's not part of the problem right now.
The Diamondbacks have announced a pair of roster moves, optioning pitchers Steve Hathaway and Dominic Leone to AAA Reno while recalling Vicente Campos and Silvino Bracho.
#Dbacks recall P Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno & P Vicente Campos from Double-A Mobile and option Dominic Leone & Steve Hathaway to Reno— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 25, 2016
The Diamondbacks acquired Campos in a deadline deal involving veteran reliever Tyler Clippard. Campos was already on the 40-man roster when they acquired him. He will likely make his debut tonight. Bracho has bounced up and down from Reno to Phoenix, but hasn't pitched well enough to stick after a big season last year.