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D-backs Preview #16: 4/18 @ Nationals

This kind of start time on a Sunday should be illegal

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EDIT; D-backs lineup change. Calhoun is out. See notes below.

Roster moves

Hello. I’m afraid Jim isn’t here right now. He’s probably still asleep in bed. Though it’s possible he may be somewhat surfacing, and is marauding for caffeine around the kitchen. Or has even retired back to bed, to join Mrs. SnakePit in the traditional Sunday morning viewing of a Death in Paradise episode. This preview is thus being brought to you in a previously recorded format, being written on Saturday evening. This explains why there is no mention of the Yellowstone supervolcano erupting on Saturday night, or whatever else might have happened in the 12 hours before this preview hits the SnakePit.

[Insert screeching sound of record needle being ripped off vinyl here. Kids, ask your parents!] In place of your previously recorded preview complainting about Madison Bumgarner, there were a slew of moves overnight from the D-backs, so for your informative purposes, I have pulled myself out of bed to bring you this. Yes, folks, the Bukauskas era has started, and equally as pleasing, the Swarzak one has ended.

The Arizona Diamondbacks made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP J.B. Bukauskas (No. 33) from the Taxi Squad.
    Will be making his Major League debut.
    Rated by Baseball America as possessing the Best Change-up in the D-backs’ organization prior to the season.
    Acquired from the Houston Astros as part of the Zack Greinke trade on July 31, 2019.
  • Placed OF Tim Locastro on the 10-day injured list (dislocated left little finger).
  • Designated RHP Anthony Swarzak for assignment following yesterday’s game.
  • OF Nick Heath, who was acquired from the Royals on Saturday, will be active for today’s game. He will wear No. 9, and has gone straight into the starting line-up.

Oh, and we won’t be facing Mr. Strasburg this morning either, as the Nationals put himon the injured list as well. Fortunately, Jack’s golf outing didn’t happen, so he’s able to bring you Torey’s media call as usual.

Torey Lovullo notes

  • J.B. Bukauskas Callup - Role not yet determined. He was on the Taxi squad the last few days so was immediately available when the calendar hit the right date. Torey seemed to defer to the front office somewhat in the decision to call him up at this time. “We’ve obviously been having some problems in our bullpen”
  • Torey found out about Stephen Strasburg not starting just 30 minutes before the press conference. Interesting details discussed about the mad scramble with the video and analytics team to provide updated info on today’s Nationals starter Paolo Espino.
  • Kole Calhoun was removed from the lineup at the last minute. Torey said he was “selfishly” pushing to have him in the lineup today, but the medical team insisted that Kole get the day off so he could have the double day off with the team off tomorrow. Torey insisted there is no setback, just the normal aches and pains. But the late lineup switch is something to watch. If he’s not in there Tuesday...

Torey Lovullo audio [or link]