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Snake Bytes: 3/20 - What Happens Now?

Tyler Clippard left Friday’s game with discomfort in his throwing shoulder. If Clippard heads to the DL, what does that do to Arizona’s planned bullpen?

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Diamondbacks News

Arizona 3, Milwaukee 9

Tim Locastro continued to do great leadoff type things and Christian Walker accounted for all three of Arizona’s runs in the loss to the Brewers.

Caleb Smith, Christian Walker Look Good in Loss

Arizona’s second lefty starter only allowed one run while striking out six through 4.1 innings. Christian Walker drove in all three runs in the losing effort.

Tyler Clippard Exists Game with Shoulder Discomfort

Tyler Clippard faced seven batters without retiring a single one on Friday. After allowing six batters to reach, he fell behind 3-0 to Zach Green. It was at that point which Clippard walked off the mound to get his shoulder evaluated for discomfort which was preventing him from getting proper spin or following through on his pitches. Clippard will be further evaluated. He may require a stint on the DL. If he does head to the DL, a number of questions regarding the bullpen open up.

Torey Lovullo Ready to Get Creative with Lineup

Regardless of how the final roster spots shake out during the last couple weeks of spring, Torey Lovullo is going to have a roster filled with versatile players. Lovullo intends to use that versatility to his advantage to create the best lineups he can.

Passan: Rojas Could Be Break-out Player

Josh Rojas has had a monster spring. Jeff Passan sees a strong possibility for Josh Rojas to carry that over into the season, making him a strong candidate to be Arizona’s breakout sensation in 2021.

Other Baseball News

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Predicting the 2021 Saves Leader

The writers at MLB have tried to identify the most likely candidates to be the 2021 saves leader. Having selected 10 possibilities from only 30 teams, I am not going to be too impressed with a successful guess.

A Pitching Issue for All 30 Teams (ESPN+)

Every team in baseball is having to come to grips with what is likely to be a significant innings jump for their starting pitchers. Many of those pitchers are still young, developing arms.

Bowden: 5 Trades to Consider (The Athletic)

Jim Bowden engages in some truly interesting rosterbation.