|Shin-Soo Choo - RF||Jon Jay - LF|
|Rougned Odor - 2B||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Elvis Andrus - SS||A.J. Pollock - CF|
|Adrian Beltre - 3B||Steven Souza - RF|
|Ronald Guzman - 1B||Eduardo Escobar - 3B|
|Robinson Chirinos - C||Daniel Descalso - 2B|
|Willie Calhoun - LF||Nick Ahmed - SS|
|Carlos Tocci - CF||Alex Avila - C|
|Bartolo Colon - RHP||Zack Godley - RHP|
Quite the day of flux for Arizona, especially on the pitching front, and particularly for bullpen. In case you lost track, or weren’t paying attention, here’s a quick summary of everything that went down today, time-stamped per the official announcement emails:
- 11:34 am. The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired RHP Brad Ziegler from the Miami Marlins for RHP Tommy Eveld. To make room for Ziegler on the 40-man roster, the D-backs transferred RHP Shelby Miller (right elbow inflammation) to the 60-day disabled list.
- 1:49 pm. The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired LHP Jake Diekman from the Texas Rangers for RHP Wei-Chieh Huang and a player to be named later and designated LHP Jorge De La Rosa for assignment.
- 2:53 pm. The Arizona Diamondbacks placed LHP Andrew Chafin on the Paternity Leave List and recalled RHP Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno.
If you’re playing along at home with your Milton Bradley 25-man Roster Board, you’ll have noticed that we still need to make one further move - taking someone off that 25-man roster, to make room for Ziegler when he arrived on Thursday. That’ll be an interesting decision, and there have been a number of possible suggestions as to who the odd man out might be. Someone with options would be the most obvious choice, unless the team wants to cut ties more permanently with a player. John Ryan Murphy is one possibility, considering he has been wretched at a historical level this month; newly-acquired reliever Matt Andriese is another, after a bumpy start to his time with the Diamondbacks. We’ll see on Thursday.
For now, with all the excitement out of the way, and fresh arms in the shape of Diekman and Bracho available for tonight’s contest, we get another crack at seeing if we can take over the lead of the NL West. It didn’t go quite as planned last night: the Brewers did their bit, beating the Dodgers, but neither the D-backs nor the Rockies were able to take advantage, both being beaten. So, everything effectively resets for a do-over this evening. If the Dodgers lose, and we can win, we’ll be in first place. But we could end the night anywhere from first to third in the division, depending on how results go. We face Bartolo Colon tonight, so that’ll be fun regardless. But a win would definitely be helpful.