Arizona Diamondbacks News
[D’backs.com] D-backs activate Kelly, send down Varsho - When the D-backs begin a nine-game homestand on Tuesday night, they’ll do so with some offensive reinforcement. On Monday, Arizona activated catcher Carson Kelly from the 10-day injured list. In a corresponding move, catcher/outfielder Daulton Varsho was optioned to Triple-A Reno. Kelly, who had a tuft fracture in his left big toe, spent the minimum 10 days on the IL, as manager Torey Lovullo had previously indicated that the catcher wouldn’t need to go on a rehab assignment. Kelly sustained the injury in the first inning of a loss to the Marlins on May 13, but he played the rest of that game. He went on the IL two days later. Prior to his IL stint, Kelly batted .338/.491/.613 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 28 games. He’ll now look to provide a boost to a D-backs lineup that has been held to three or fewer runs in seven of the eight games of their current losing streak.
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[MLB Trade Rumors] Blue Jays To Promote Alek Manoah - The Blue Jays are promoting right-handed pitching prospect Alek Manoah, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. He’ll start Wednesday against the Yankees. It was a quick rise up the ranks for Manoah, the 11th overall pick in the 2019 draft. The former West Virginia star was excellent in Low-A ball that year, though he was unable to build on that last season because of the lack of a minor league campaign. However, Manoah picked up where he left off this season prior to his first major league promotion. The 23-year-old has dominated in his Triple-A debut with 18 innings of seven-hit, one-run ball and 27 strikeouts against three walks. As one would expect based on his professional production, Manoah is among the game’s highest-regarded prospects. Outlets such as The Athletic, Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus have all placed him in their top 100 lists of late, with MLB.com writing that the 6-foot-6, 260-pounder’s three-pitch repertoire – a fastball, slider and changeup – could pave the way for a solid career as a starter.
[Oregon Live] Oakland A’s set to come to Portland on a baseball fact-finding mission - The Oakland A’s are visiting Las Vegas this week. A four-person travel party led by owner John Fisher will make the trip. They’ll talk about relocating the Major League Baseball franchise. I expect 82-year-old Mayor Carolyn Goodman will greet the baseball contingent at a private airstrip wearing a hard hat and holding a blank check. This is a recruiting mission now. The A’s contingent will also make an official visit to Portland next month. An MLB source confirmed that Fisher along with team president Dave Kaval, vice president Billy Beane and executive Sandy Dean are planning to come to Oregon to do some fact finding. The Portland Diamond Project confirmed it all on Monday. Founder Craig Cheek and managing partner Mike Barrett issued a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive that said, “PDP can confirm that we have engaged in talks with the Athletics, and plans for a visit by team officials are underway. “PDP will have no further comment at this time.”
[Bleed Cubbie Blue] There have been 6 no-hitters in MLB so far in 2021. So what? They’re rare, celebrate them! - We are roughly a quarter of the way through the 2021 baseball season, and six no-hitters have been thrown (seven, if you count Madison Bumgarner’s seven-inning no-no, and I think it should be, but that’s a topic for a different day). The record for a single season is eight, set in 1884, but I’m going to discount that because in 1884, the pitching distance was 50 feet, the pitcher stood in a “box” instead of a mound and it took six balls to register a walk. The current pitching distance of 60 feet, six inches was established in 1893, and since then the record is seven, set in 1990 and matched in 1991 and 2012. Some are saying there have been too many no-hitters this year, but few if any were saying that those three years. Why? Likely because they were spaced out a bit more in 1990, 1991 and 2012, with the exception of June 29, 1990, when two were thrown (by Dave Stewart and Fernando Valenzuela), the only date in MLB history where two no-hitters happened.
[CBS Sports] Joe West set to tie MLB record for most games umpired on Monday night - Major League Baseball umpire Joe West is on track to break Hall of Famer Bill Klem’s record for the most regular-season games by an umpire this week. Assuming Monday night’s Cardinals-White Sox game in Chicago is played as scheduled, West will tie Klem’s mark when he takes the field to umpire his 5,375th career MLB game. Klem umpired in the National League for 37 years before retiring in 1941, and was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953. The 68-year-old West made his MLB debut in 1976 at the age of 23, and plans to retire following the 2021 season. During West’s lengthy career — his 43-year long career ranks as the longest ever by a MLB umpire — he spent 23 years umpiring in the National League before he moved to covering the entire league in 2002.