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D-backs Preview #42: 5/17 @ Dodgers

Albert Pujols, Dodger. Nope, still doesn’t sound right.

Tampa Bay Rays v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Pavin Smith - 1B Mookie Betts - RF
Josh Rojas - RF Justin Turner - 3B
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Max Muncy - 2B
David Peralta - LF Albert Pujols - 1B
Domingo Leyba - 2B Will Smith - C
Stephen Vogt - C Sheldon Neuse - LF
Nick Ahmed - SS Gavin Lux - SS
Tim Locastro - CF DJ Peters - CF
M. Bumgarner - LHP Walker Buehler - RHP

Roster moves

The Arizona Diamondbacks made the following roster moves:

  • Selected the contract of either some guy you’ve never heard of, or a player you hoped you’d never see again, from Triple-A Reno.
  • Placed a player who has been performing well on the injured list. Probably with a hamstring issue. Yeah, it’s almost certainly a hamstring.
  • Moved some other guy you’d forgotten had ever played for us, to the 60-day injured list.

Is it said that I now feel that “Roster moves” should be a standard part of the template for these previews? Though in what appears to be a minor miracle, no-one from the D-backs appears to have been injured on the flight from Phoenix to Los Angeles. I was expecting to get an email from the team this afternoon, informing me that “Eduardo Escobar ruptured a lung after choking on a packet of complimentary peanuts. His status is being evaluated. But Dr. James Andrews has recommended Tommy John surgery, just to be safe.”

Yeah, look at that line-up. Tonight we get to see Albert Pujols’s debut as a Dodger. I’ll take “Sentences I didn’t expect to be writing in 2021” for $1000, please, Alex. Knowing LA’s luck, he’ll probably revert to v.2008 of Pujols, and hit .350 for the rest of the way, with thirty home-runs. It’s the Dodgers’ way! It feels like the Diamondbacks haven’t won here since what’s his name hit six home runs in a game at Chavez Ravine. It’s not quite as bad as that, but Arizona has only two victories there - each squeaked out by a single run - in their last 15 attempts. The last time tacos resulted in this park was March 2019, and the Diamondbacks haven’t won a series there since April 2018. But if anyone is going to be “highly motivated”, it’s MadBum...

Domingo Leyba notes

  • Domingo Leyba addressed the media via ZOOM today for the first time since being suspended last year due to violation of PED Substance. He was asked a lot of direct and hard hitting questions, all of which he answered except the last one.
  • He felt good in Reno after making adjustments, primarily to his pitch selection
  • Regardless of the circumstances of his call up, (due to injuries to others) he feels like he worked hard to get here and is ready to prove himself.
  • He said the suspension caught him by surprise and he didn’t know how that substance got into his system, but he didn’t feel the need to adjust his approach to supplements as he’s only taking approved supplements.
  • He had a conversation with Torey when he came back, and told him how bad he felt, and he apologized to Torey and to the team. He said he felt bad and embarrassed to his teammates and his family, and he’s glad to have the chance to prove himself.
  • Asked if he ever thought he would get a second chance after the suspension and being removed from the 40 man roster he acknowledged that it was complicated and tough, but he worked hard to get back and prove himself.
  • The only question on the subject he declined to answer was regarding whether he made any appeal to the suspension at the time.

Domingo Leyba audio [or link]

Torey Lovullo notes

  • Luke Weaver is still being evaluated and getting second opinions. There is no official diagnosis yet.
  • Asked about Dodger’s injuries Torey acknowledged they had “two very important players out of their lineup with Bellinger and Seager, I know Taylor is a little banged up”. They’re dealing with the same set of things we are, and we’re dealing with the same set of things that the rest of the league is as well”. No mention of A.J. Pollock. ;)
  • Torey still cannot tell us the rotation for tomorrow or the rest of the series. Protecting the bullpen factors into the equation. Torey seemed to misspeak and said they were also considering health issues in the rotation, but when pressed he said there were no other injuries to any other rotation member we don’t already know about.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera is weighing some tough decisions. Torey couldn’t pass any specific info until Cabrera makes those decisions. But it sounds like he is weighing surgery vs. some kind of rehab or other treatment. Torey said the fact that he has not been placed on the 60 day IL is a hint that there’s a possibility he can avoid surgery and make it back sooner.

Torey Lovullo Audio [or link]