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Preview, #89: 7/5 vs. Rockies

If the D-backs are going to win this series, they’ll have to do it without David Peralta...

MLB: JUL 03 Diamondbacks at Dodgers Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Charlie Blackmon - RF Jarrod Dyson - LF
Trevor Story - SS Ketel Marte - CF
David Dahl - CF Eduardo Escobar - 2B
Nolan Arenado - 3B Christian Walker - 1B
Daniel Murphy - 1B Adam Jones - RF
Ryan McMahon - 2B Jake Lamb - 3B
Raimel Tapia - LF Nick Ahmed - SS
Tony Wolters - C Alex Avila - C
A. Senzatela - RHP Zack Greinke - RHP

Yes, David Peralta’s shoulder issue did indeed turn out to be a little more troublesome that had been anticipated, so he has gone onto the injured list, with Domingo Leyba getting the call-up from Reno to take his roster spot. To be honest, the Freight Train has seemed to be less than in tip-top condition since he returned from the IL at the beginning of June. Over the 27 games played since then, he has hit .252/.342/.388 for a .730 OPS. That’s over a hundred and fifty points of OPS below what he was hitting, when he initially went on the DL on May 21. Perhaps most tellingly, it has been 89 plate-appearances since Peralta’s last home-run, in the first inning on June 10 against the Phillies.

But for more that, let’s go over to Jack, who was at Chase Field for Torey Lovullo’s pre-game press conference this evening.


  • David Peralta to IL with right AC Joint Inflammation. It had been bothering him all along but he was “grinding through it”. The team will learn from that this time and slow play his recovery, being more cautious.
  • Jon Duplantier threw a 21 pitch simulated game yesterday, and will throw again Sunday and is progressing.
  • Luke Weaver and Taijuan Walker have not begun throwing yet. Torey Lovullo could not give a deadline date for Weaver to begin throwing again, and still have a chance to return sometime in September.
  • Wilmer Flores has resumed all baseball activities: he is taking ground balls, hitting off a tee, and is nearing a rehab assignment.
  • Alex Young will start on Sunday.
  • If there is a save opportunity tonight, Greg Holland will get the ball.

I almost want there to be a save opportunity tonight, just for the sheer, bloody-minded drama of it all. Not least because it’s not me who would have to recap the potentially-resulting debacle. :) I’ll be at home, eating popcorn and probably watching Battlebots. But as was mentioned in the preview, this is a potentially pivotal series: a sweep for Arizona and we would overtake Colorado for second-place. On the other hand, if the D-backs are swept, they will head into the break five games down, and with not much to look forward to in the second half except a sale at the trade deadline. However, the truth will likely fall somewhere between these two extremes, and we’ll be left in much the same limbo-like state as now.