Diamondbacks’ week in review: Opening Day is next week!
By Christopher Gaine
Last week was a roller coaster of emotions for the Diamondbacks. As the team kept rolling on the field, the fanbase got the sad news of Joe Garagiola’s passing on Wednesday. And on Friday came a potential relocation situation. It was a busy week, so here’s a quick rundown of the headlines to help you sort it all out:
- Robbie Ray was officially named the fifth starter on Monday. Ray has a 3.95 ERA in 13.2 innings this spring. Archie Bradley will start the season in Triple-A after allowing ten runs in ten Cactus League innings.
- Longtime Diamondbacks announcer Joe Garagiola died Wednesday at 90. Garagiola had been in broadcasting for over 50 years, and was a part-time color commentator for the Diamondbacks from 1998-2012. Team CEO Derrick Hall said that the Diamondbacks could wear a patch in his honor– this would be the first time they’ve done that for anyone.
- The Diamondbacks want to leave Chase Field. Derrick Hall issued a press release on Thursday saying that if Maricopa County, which owns Chase Field, does not pay for $187 million in stadium repairs, they could relocate. They cannot get out of their lease with the county until 2024.
- Chip Hale said that A.J. Pollock could begin the season on the DL until he gets “enough at-bats.” Pollock has been playing in minor league games this week but has not played in the Cactus League since suffering an elbow injury March 8.
- Yasmany Tomas has hit the ground running in his first week of Cactus League competition. Tomas has gone 12-for-28 in nine games with five doubles and three RBI.
- The Diamondbacks went 5-0-2 this week, expanding their MLB-best spring record to 20-6-2.
The Diamondbacks will begin their season a week from today at Chase Field against the Rockies.