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Arizona Diamondbacks recall five, take two off DL

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A slew of moves by the D-backs, who beef up their roster with AAA and rehabbed players

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First off, with the Reno Aces season having ended last night, and no post-season for our AAA affiliate, the team has brought up five players from the Reno Aces:

  • Outfielder Mitch Haniger
  • Outfielder Peter O’Brien
  • Left-handed relief pitcher Steve Hathaway
  • Right-handed starting pitcher Matt Koch
  • Right-handed relief pitcher Dominic Leone

All of them have been on the major-league roster this season already, except for Koch. He was received from the New York Mets, along with Miller Diaz, in the Addison Reed trade in August 2015, and will be making his MLB debut. The 25-year-old has put up a 4.08 ERA over 21 starts between AA Mobile and AAA Reno, with a K:BB ratio of 74:19 in 121.1 combined innings.

The team is also boosted by the return of left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin and catcher Chris Herrmann from the DL. Chafin has missed slightly more than two months of major-league action with shoulder tendinitis, having last appeared for the D-backs on July 3. After an excellent 2015 campaign, Chafin had struggled to reproduce the same form this year, putting up a 6.75 ERA over 32 major-league appearances.

Herrmann had been having a very solid season for the D-backs, as the main stand-in behind the plate for Welington Castillo. At the time of his last game on July 16, before going down with a strained right hamstring, he was hitting .290 with six homers and 28 RBI in 54 games for Arizona. There was a suggestion from Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro that Rubby De La Rosa would be back from the DL, but that does not appear to have happened quite yet. De La Rosa did throw two innings in a rehab start with the High-A Visalia Rawhide yesterday.

Finally, Phil Nevin and Orlando Hudson were added as additional coaches for the rest of the season. Given the earlier reports suggesting Nevin as the replacement for Chip Hale, that might make for an interesting dugout atmosphere...