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Another D-backs injury, in the middle of another D-backs loss

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Diamondbacks News:

D-backs 2, Giants 7

From the Keegan: Injury disaster struck Arizona and Kole Calhoun again in the second inning. He drew a leadoff walk to get on base. Pavin laced a double down the left field line. Immediately I knew that Calhoun was going to get on his horse to find a way to get to third base, and I could not help but cringe before he rounded second base. Knowing how hard he runs I feared the potential that he would potentially re-injure either his knee or hamstring, both of which he has had surgery on this season. Once he got between second and third base he began to hobble, slid into third safely, and pounded his fist on the bag in pain and frustration while still on the ground. He walked off of the field under his own power, but it is yet another left hamstring injury as the team would later confirm.

D-backs loss compounded by Calhoun injury

From the article: The severity of the injury is not yet known and additional tests will be conducted. Regardless, this much is certain: The typically durable outfielder has suffered another setback, one that threatens to compromise any plan of salvaging an already frustrating season.

D-backs claim J.B. Wendelken

From the article: It’d have been surprising for a team in the Diamondbacks’ position — dismal bullpen, No. 1 waiver priority, multiple open 40-man spots — to pass on Wendelken. The right-hander hasn’t had a great season in Oakland, but his work leading up to the 2021 campaign was quite strong.

Caesars entertainment launching mobile betting at Chase Field in September

From the article: Caesars previously announced a partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks to launch sports betting in Arizona. Caesars announced the plan to build a 20,000 square foot sportsbook, bar and broadcast studio across from Chase Field, previously where Game 7 Grill was located.

D-backs face Chase Field decision: Love it or list it.

From the article: But there some definite issues with Chase Field. As noted, far too much of the seating is on the upper deck, and the steep pitch is definitely a drawback. There’s a shortage of social spaces for fans like us who love wandering around the ballpark during the course of a game. (There are a number of unique spots for groups, however, including the Studio @ 122 suite on the main concourse behind home plate. In addition, there are other private seating areas featuring flat-screen TVs and dedicated food service.) The three-level team store lacks any excitement. The main entry and ticketing area is cluttered, and it can be very tiring to make you way from Point A to Point B; more escalators past those in the entry rotunda would be welcome. And at some point the team will need to invest in basic necessities like new seating.

Baseball News:

Mets to sign Josh Reddick

From the article: Disappointing 2021 showing aside, there’s no risk for the Mets in adding Reddick on a minor league deal. The veteran has generally been a productive hitter over the course of his career, and he was a league average bat as recently as last season with the Astros. The Mets’ starting outfielders — Dominic Smith, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto — all hit left-handed, but New York’s bench is stocked with righty bats.

‘Every little detail, they got it’: MLB’s Field of Dreams ballpark ties together White Sox, Iowa history

From the article: The park’s biggest test comes Thursday night for a nationally televised regular season game between the White Sox and New York Yankees at 6 p.m. It’ll be the first glimpse many fans get of the temporary park, which seats 8,000 fans and will host MLB’s first regular season game in Iowa.

“It’s incredible,” said “Field of Dreams” actor Dwier Brown.

Snek Byte:

Drunk man dies after biting venomous baby snake it revenge attack

Mahto, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time, was sitting out the front of his house on Sunday when the baby snake reportedly bit him on the leg. In a statement issued to police and reported by the news outlet, Mahto’s family said he was “bitten more than 10 times” on the face while chewing the snake.

Brutal.