Diamondbacks announce a number of roster moves
By Joseph Jacquez
May 6, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Evan Marshall (50) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been busy the past few days shuffling players around throughout the different levels of the organization which is only to be expected for a team that is 11-24, has the worst record in major league baseball, and is eleven games back in the National League West. First, the Diamondbacks made official a move that was first announced yesterday by Manager Kirk Gibson after the game. J.J. Putz was placed on the 15 day D.L with right forearm tightness which is another huge blow to an already struggling bullpen. Hopefully Putz’s injury isn’t serious. Evan Marshall was called up from Reno to take Putz’s spot on the roster. With Reno Marshall opened the season with a 15.2 scoreless innings streak. He finally gave up a run on Saturday, but in 16.2 innings he has held his opponents to a .175 batting average with a strikeout to walk ratio of 19 to 5.
In other news, starter Mike Bolsinger was optioned back to Triple A Reno and Chase Anderson was called up from Double A Mobile. Bolsinger was called up to help out the struggling rotation, but to put it in the nicest way possible, he proved why nobody had heard of him before his call up. He had one good start in front of friends and family at Wrigley Field in four attempts. In his three bad starts, he failed to get past the fifth inning and he allowed four runs or more. His worst start came last night against the Brewers allowing four runs in five innings. Overall Bolsinger finished his first major league stint with a 1-2 record and a era over 6.
Anderson has dominated Double A so far this season so its no surprise that he was promoted. In six starts, he has thrown 39 innings and allowed three earned runs, for an ERA of 0.69, and a strikeout to walk ratio of 38 to 6. Those numbers suggest that he wouldn’t really be challenged at the next level of the minors but we shall see he does with the big league club. Anderson played for Reno last season and in 88 innings he had a 5.73 era. When talking to MLB.com Gibson says he is not sure who will replace Mike in the rotation, “As far as a starter in Bolsinger’s place, we really don’t need to decide that until next Tuesday,” Gibson said. “We’ll just wait and see how we get through the next two days.” Collmenter could start again Sunday against the Whitesox in Bolsinger’s spot and Anderson is also an option. Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado are also options.
The Visalia Rawhide also announced on their twitter account that Aaron Blair was promoted to Visalia from South Bend. Blair was a first round pick in 2013 by Arizona. In six starts with South Bend he was 1-2 with a 4.04 era. The Mobile Bay Bears announced on their twitter account that RHP Matt Stites has been promoted to Triple A and RHP Jimmie Sherfy was promoted to Double A from Visalia.