The Diamondbacks have announced a series of roster moves over the past few days, what were they?
First off, Happy Roberto Clemente Day! May we remember him for everything that he did for the baseball world, humanity, and the people that he personally helped. We should all strive to help others over ourselves. The Diamondbacks and the rest of the MLB wore jersey #21 with no name on it to celebrate Roberto Clemente. Additionally, they each declared the nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award from each team around the league.
The Diamondbacks’ nominee this year is David Peralta. You can vote for Peralta or any other nominee here. Two former Diamondbacks players, Paul Goldschmidt and Max Scherzer are also nominated.
Now for the Roster Moves:
While this is extremely concerning to see Tyler Gilbert’s name and elbow be mentioned along with an injury, I’m not worried. He has elbow fatigue. That means his body is tired from pitching so much. You have to remember that he barely got to pitch at all last year.
Tyler wasn’t able to practice at the Alternate Site last year. So, of course, he’s going to be struggling with his stamina this late into the season. I have no reason to be concerned.
Kevin Ginkel being transferred to the 60-Day IL is concerning. I had said before that he is on the 60-Day IL due to an arm injury while with Reno. The Dbacks must’ve needed a spot on the 40-man roster to activate Merrill Kelly from the Covid-IL.
They also still believe in Ginkel because if they didn’t, they would’ve just released him. They did that with Jon Duplantier and then re-signed him to a minor-league deal. Instead, the team brought him up to the MLB where he will earn service time and big-league money. They did this to ensure they can keep him.
His injury must not be bad enough to have any worries over his long-term outlook. After all, we know he can excel when he’s on top of his game like in 2019. May Kevin Ginkel and Tyler Gilbert get healthy soon and nothing goes wrong in their recovery.
As for Merrill, I’m so happy he is back. I’ve missed his steady presence on the mound. He pitched Wednesday night for the Dbacks against the Dodgers. You can read more about his performance in the series recap.
Finally, the team optioned Drew Ellis to Triple-AAA when they called up Seth Beer. It wasn’t a highly publicized move so I thought I would share it in case you missed it. Drew had a good defensive presence but it was clear he was overly matched at the plate. His hitting just wasn’t big-league ready. However, he can go back to Reno and work on what he needs to work on in a less stressful environment. That way, he can come back next year and be ready to go.
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May the Force be with You…