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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Corbin completes ‘long road’ back to Majors | dbacks.com

It had been 645 days since the left-hander had last pitched in a regular-season game and in between he had Tommy John surgery and went through a lengthy rehab. His reward for all that work came Saturday night when he picked up the win as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3.

“When they announced my name before pregame and the fans gave a pretty nice applause there, that gave me some chills and some butterflies,” Corbin said. “And after that seemed to calm me down. I just wanted to go out there and don’t overthrow and just throw a lot of strikes and I felt like I was able to do that tonight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 05, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Corbin could return Saturday to face Rockies | dbacks.com

D-backs manager Chip Hale said the club feels Corbin, who underwent Tommy John surgery, may be ready now to pitch in the Majors for the first time since 2013. If they opt instead to call up a starter from the Minors or use Josh Collmenter for a spot start, then Corbin will pitch once more for a Minor League affiliate on Saturday.

“We all feel like he’s ready, but we just want to make sure over these next few days that he feels the way he should feel, and that’s the way we want to go as a group,” Hale said. “Between the training staff and front office and the coaching staff, he’s ready to pitch, we’re just not 100 percent sure if we don’t want him to go out.”

Corbin made four rehab starts between Class A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Mobile. He pitched six innings and threw 79 pitches in his most recent outing for Mobile last Friday.

The original plan for Corbin’s week was for him to make one final rehab appearance for Triple-A Reno on Thursday before his return to the Majors in one of the D-backs’ two games against Texas next week.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, patrick corbin

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Mattingly: John McCain Dropped a Foul Ball. He’s Got a Good Excuse, Internet.

Lighten up, Costas Mattingly.

Now, McCain is pretty famous, and not just in the Washington sense. He was, after all, the Republican nominee for president in 2008. That generally puts your face and biography in front of a lot of the nation.

But apparently 2008 was a really long time ago, or perhaps parts of that bio didn’t quite stick. Like, you know, the fact his plane was shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and he was taken prisoner. Or the fact that he was captured with fractures in both arms, neither of which received much care from his captors. Or, the fact that because of those injuries and the lack of care he received during his five-plus years of captivity, he can’t raise his arms above a certain point. All of these facts would seem to be important to include when you choose to mock the Arizona senator for his inability to catch a foul ball…right?

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

Not so much, Sports Illustrated.

JE (Jason) Posted: July 01, 2015 at 07:29 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, fans, john mccain

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bradley to get second opinion on shoulder | dbacks.com

It’s never good when this happens.

D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley will have his shoulder examined by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews as the team tries to get to the bottom of the discomfort he experienced during a rehab start Wednesday night.

Bradley was on the DL with what the team said was shoulder tendinitis, and after his first rehab start Wednesday, he once again complained of soreness. Bradley allowed three runs on six hits while striking out three over four innings in that game with GM Dave Stewart in attendance.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 27, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: archie bradley, diamondbacks


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Virginia Wins First College World Series Title

[bq]Turning Point: Pavin Smith’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth tied the game and gave Virginia momentum it would continue to build on for the rest of the night.
The Hero: Starting on three-days’ rest, Virginia lefty Brandon Waddell gave up two runs in the first but settled down quickly. Waddell ended up working seven innings and didn’t allow another run, holding the Commodores to just four hits.
You Might Have Missed: The CWS ended averaging 8.38 total runs per game, the highest figure of the TD Ameritrade Park era. The final CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium (and with the old bats) in 2010 averaged 9.6 runs per game[/bq]


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Mental approach raises Goldschmidt’s game | dbacks.com

“Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” ~ Yogi Berra

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Sunday, June 21, 2015

D-backs trade Arroyo, Toussaint to Braves | MLB.com

Another nice trade for John Hart.

The D-backs announced on Saturday that they have traded right-handed pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint to the Braves for infielder Phil Gosselin.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 21, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, bronson arroyo, diamondbacks, phil gosselin, touki toussaint, trades

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Paul Goldschmidt Dinger Test | FanGraphs Baseball

The wonder of Paul Goldschmidt.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 17, 2015 at 10:41 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, paul goldschmidt

Monday, June 15, 2015

3 reminders that long extensions for young players are still risky

Jedd Gyorko

He was a 24-year-old rookie middle infielder who hit 23 homers while playing half his games in Petco Park. How do you not want to lock that guy up? The only real question is when to stop offering him more and more years on the extension. He had a 113 OPS+ when he was 24, which meant it was reasonable to expect even more from him as he entered his prime, and that even more would mean he would be a perennial All-Star.

Instead, he was one of the worst everyday players in baseball last year, hitting .210/.280/.333. He’s hitting .210 again this year, and he’s doing it with even less power. There was a glimmer of hope last year, as Gyorko got relatively hot after the All-Star break, but he lost his job to Cory Spangenberg this season and was banished to the minors again. He’s 26 now, and he’s been a .220-or-worse hitter for almost two calendar years now. He’ll make $13 million in 2019, which is an absolutely stunning amount for a player struggling this mightily.

Even when the problem with a pitcher is hard to diagnose, like with Cahill and Romero, there’s still an element of assumed risk that’s easy to understand because pitchers are supposed to be fragile and mercurial. Gyorko reminds us that hitters can be just as weird, and considering how far removed we are from the version the Padres thought they were locking up, it looks like the problem had more to do with poor evaluation and overreacting to a fast start. It’s the new front office regime that has to pay for it, too.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Forgot About A.J. (Pollock) | FanGraphs Baseball

A.J. Pollock is a very, very good player.

The National League has a lot of talented outfielders, and right now Pollock isn’t among their most popular. That’s OK. The Diamondbacks are still a long way from contention, and even with Paul Goldschmidt and Pollock, they certainly don’t have a high-powered attack, so if it’s deemed that Goldschmidt is their only All-Star, well there are worse fates. A.J. Pollock missed half of last season, and as such a lot of casual fans probably don’t know about him yet. But Pollock certainly deserves strong consideration. He has been among the game’s elite for more than just this season, and he plays a really fun brand of baseball — he doesn’t do anything poorly, and he does several things well. Those types of players are fun to watch. Hopefully this will be the last time the voters can say that they forgot about A.J.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2015 at 07:43 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, diamondbacks

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Handicapping No. 1 Draft pick candidates | MLB.com

Jonathan Mayo throws out two new Tyler “darkhorses” for the Diamondback’s first pick, Tyler Stephenson and Tyler Jay.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2015 at 06:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, diamondbacks

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Arizona Diamondbacks ship Mark Trumbo, Vidal Nuño to Seattle in six-player deal

Mark Trumbo and Vidal Nuno to the Mariners. Wellington Castillo, and Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero to the D’Backs.

The 28-year-old Castillo represents a veteran option with a steady offensive reputation. He has a career .708 OPS, although has struggled to find his swing in limited time this season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs.
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That likely made him attractive to Seattle, which has limped along in the American League West thanks to an offense ranked second-to-last in the AL. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik told Seattle reporters Trumbo will split time between designated hitter and a corner outfield spot.

The idea that he would be moved wasn’t a total shock to Trumbo.

“You start to hear things and whatnot,” he said. “You do your best to block it out. If there’s rumors of things happening, then there’s probably some ounce of truth to some of it at least.”

Nuño also filled an obvious need for the Mariners, who lost starter James Paxton to a finger injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks. The team also has been without right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma since late April. Nuño said he was told he’d be in the Seattle rotation, a welcome development for him after he was unable to crack the starting five in Arizona this year.

....

Arizona also acquired Double-A prospects Jack Reinheimer and Gabby Guerrero. Reinheimer is an infielder without much of an offensive track record, although Stewart said top scout Mike Russell believes the 22-year-old could be “a front-line shortstop.”

The real get could be Guerrero, a 21-year-old outfielder and the nephew of former big-league great Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero was rated the No. 7 prospect in the Mariners’ system before the trade, and although he’s started slowly in his first taste of Double-A

Jim Furtado Posted: June 04, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, mariners, trades

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Confusion within the Diamondbacks? Prospect Peter O’Brien’s position still undetermined

On Sunday afternoon, the Triple-A Reno Aces’ official account tweeted about a diving catch by Diamondbacks prospect Peter O’Brien, mentioning within the tweet that one day earlier O’Brien had “made the decision” to become a full-time outfielder.

This was news. Only a couple of days prior, O’Brien had been called a potential everyday, big-league catcher by manager Chip Hale. Shortly after the tweet was sent out it was confirmed by a Diamondbacks official….........

Then on Monday afternoon, Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart sounded bothered by the chain of events. He said he hadn’t spoken to O’Brien and that the organization had not made a decision about his future position.

“That was a conversation he had with Phil Nevin,” Stewart said. “We’ve been accommodating to him all spring training and out of spring training.
“We’re never going to let a player dictate to us what he wants to do. We’ll sit down and, as a group, discuss and talk about what we should be doing and what the best direction is for a player. We’re never going to let a player tell us what he’s going to do and what he’s not going to do.”

Oh Brother…what a mess.

shoewizard Posted: June 03, 2015 at 11:52 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Gosewisch done for year with torn ACL | dbacks.com

What a tough break for Tuffy. At his age, he may never get another opportunity to start. With the recent positive feedback about Pete O’Brien’s defense and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s current talent level, I bet it won’t be too long before O’Brien gets his chance.

D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered a full tear of the ACL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery, the club announced during Monday’s 8-1 loss to the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 02, 2015 at 06:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, tuffy gosewisch

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Diamondbacks draft: ‘Dynamic’ Dansby Swanson could be pick at No. 1

Swanson hit .333/.411/.475 with 27 doubles and three homers in 282 at-bats as a sophomore; he was at .350/.438/.654 with 21 doubles and 13 homers entering NCAA Regional play. Last year, he took home College World Series MVP honors as Vanderbilt won its first men’s title of any kind in school history.

“The thing that is noticeable about Dansby and guys like him who play at that level, is that they rise to another level when things matter,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. “When something is on the line or there is a moment, he thrives in it. He’s got an extra gear. … He has that ability in so many different ways.”

Like Garciaparra, Swanson has a unique first name rooted in family tradition; “Dansby” is his mother’s maiden name.

“Both of her brothers either didn’t have kids or they had girls,” Swanson said, “so it’s kind of keeping the name going, I guess.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 31, 2015 at 08:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, dansby swanson, diamondbacks

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Diamondbacks prospect O’Brien hitting, happy in outfield

It does not seem Pete O’Brien wants to catch.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2015 at 08:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, pete o'brien

Thursday, May 07, 2015


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Giants, Dodgers win when opponents’ base runners hit by balls - MLB - SI.com

The odds of two games ending in such fashion on the same day were probably far greater than anything spectators saw in the Kentucky Derby or the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Baseball wins again.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 03, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, diamondbacks, dodgers, flukes, giants

Friday, May 01, 2015

Carlos Quentin is retiring at age 32

He can now retire to pursue he’s lifelong dream - hunting and killing Zack Greinke.

Carlos Quentin, who’s been playing at Triple-A for the Mariners after being released by the Braves last month, has decided to retire at age 32.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Quentin left the Tacoma team Thursday after going 3-for-17 in five games.

Atlanta acquired Quentin from San Diego as part of the Craig Kimbrel trade, but his inclusion was strictly to help balance out the money and the Braves ate his entire $8 million salary in releasing him.

Quentin retires as a career .252 hitter whose power, plate discipline, and ability to get plunked by tons of pitches helped him post a strong .831 OPS. When healthy he was a middle-of-the-order asset, posting an OPS above .800 in six of his nine seasons, but constant injuries limited him to fewer than 130 games in all but two of those years.

 


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bradley in good spirits, DL-bound after scare | MLB.com

Archie Bradley is one lucky guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:10 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: archie bradley, diamondbacks

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Archie Bradley hit in face by 115 MPH Line Drive

Good re cap here of the event at AZ Snakepit and the comments section has updates and photos.  The guy is incredibly lucky appears no fractures, but need to re cfm in the morning

shoewizard Posted: April 29, 2015 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, general

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kirk Gibson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Just awful news.

Detroit Tigers legend and former Michigan State two-sport star Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Gibson, in his first year back as an analyst with Fox Sports Detroit, has been absent from the FSD broadcast booth since the Opening Day telecast.

“I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles,” Gibson, 57, said in a released statement. “While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible.”

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects one’s movement. Well-known patients include Muhammad Ali and Michael J. Fox.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Yasmany Tomas a temporary solution at third base for Diamondbacks with Jake Lamb out

Will Tomas have more hits or more misplayed grounders while he fills in for Lamb?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Yasmany Tomas makes his first career start with Arizona Diamondbacks

Is he yelling something about bovine or equine feces here?

Aside from a two-base fielding error in the third inning, [Yasmany] Tomas acquitted himself quite well at third base and was even better at the plate in the D-backs’ 7-1 series-opening loss to the Texas Rangers at Chase Field Tuesday night…

Tomas, whom the D-backs signed to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in the offseason, singled to right field in the second, grounded out to shortstop in the fourth and legged out an infield hit in the sixth. He also scored the team’s only run…

After an uneventful first inning, he fielded Robinson Chirinos’ ground ball on a short hop and threw across the diamond for the first out in the second—though his throw did pull Paul Goldschmidt into foul territory.

The error came in the third inning.

Tomas’ backhand attempt on a sharply hit ball by Elvis Andrus hit off his glove and carried into left field. Andrus advanced to second, but was left stranded.

Two innings later, there appeared to be some miscommunication between Tomas and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. Leonys Martin hit a pop fly by the D-backs’ dugout that Tomas reached out and took away from his teammate.

Tomas’ final fielding chance saw him stationed to the right side of second base as the D-backs employed the shift for Prince Fielder. Tomas grabbed up the ground ball easily and a perfect throw to first retired Fielder for the second out of the sixth inning.

Tomas’ night was done as he was lifted for pinch-runner Cliff Pennington following his last at-bat.

“That was the plan; get him three at-bats,” Hale said. “If we’re tied or ahead, go to more of a defender at that point.”

The District Attorney Posted: April 22, 2015 at 01:47 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, yasmany tomas

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