The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated OF Steven Souza Jr. from the 10-day disabled list (strained right pectoral), placed OF Jarrod Dyson on the 10-day disabled list (strained right groin) and recalled RHP Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno. Following last night’s game, the D-backs optioned RHP Joey Krehbiel to Reno.
Virtually as soon as Dyson pulled up lame in the late innings of last night’s game against the Cardinals, the move for Souza seemed inevitable. It avoids, at least for the moment, the apparent roster crunch particularly apparent in the outfield for Arizona. The team now has Souza, A.J. Pollock, Jon Jay and David Peralta as “full-time” outfielders, with Chris Owings as another possibility. However, today’s swap has only delayed, and not cured, the situation, with Alex Avila apparently due to return soon. Let’s hope Souza 2.0 is an upgrade on version 1.0. After missing the first 30 games, Souza returned for less than three weeks, batting .163 before he had to go back on the DL.
Today’s bullpen move is just another bit of roster churn, to get a fresh arm in the bullpen. Krehbiel certainly did not disgrace himself in his first stint as a major-leaguer, and this will likely make the team more confident about calling upon his services in future. However, just as with the position players, there is a crunch looming. Randall Delgado has to be activated tomorrow, having reached the end of the 30-day rehab assignment period. He is reported to be on his way to Phoenix: Fernando Salas or Rubby De La Rosa would seem most at risk of losing their spots. But I would not bet against one of our relievers calling for a trainer on the mound this evening... Seems to have been conveniently the way of late!