D-Backs Release Hinske, Sign Camp

By Matthew Hochberg

After being released by the Chicago Cubs on July 7, reliever Shawn Camp has found a new home – Arizona. It was announced on Thursday that the Diamondbacks signed Camp, who will report to Triple-A Reno.

May 11, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Shawn Camp (54) throws during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills


The right-hander who has appeared in 26 games this season, has a record of 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA. Throughout his 10-year career, Camp is 29-33 with a 4.40 ERA. He is expected to add bullpen depth to the struggling Arizona relievers.

To make room for Camp, however, the D-Backs released veteran hitter Eric Hinske. The 2002 American League Rookie of the Year struggled with the D-Backs this season, hitting .173 with one home run and 6 RBI in 52 plate appearances. He was designated for assignment last month, but accepted an assignment in the minor leagues. Hinske did not fare much better in Reno, however, going just 1-for-18 at the plate.

While he is expected to retire, Hinske can proudly go out having accomplished a rare and strange feat of appearing in three consecutive World Series with three different teams. He won with the Red Sox in 2007, lost with the Tampa Bay Rays in ’08 and won with the New York Yankees in ’09.