May 2007 - Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap
D'Backs Sign 2006 First-Round Pick Max Scherzer
The Diamondbacks agreed to a contract with 2006 first-round draft pick Max Scherzer as Wednesday night's deadline approached. The Diamondbacks, who chose Scherzer 11th overall last June, would have lost Scherzer if the deal had not been made by 9 p.m. local time. After the deadline passed, Diamondbacks spokesman Mike McNally said the team had not reached an agreement with Scherzer. Later, the team said there was a deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
D-Backs Still Negotiating With Last Season's First Round Pick
The Diamondbacks face a Wednesday night deadline to sign first-round draft pick Max Scherzer. General Manager Josh Byrnes said negotiations are continuing but would not discuss specifics.
D-Backs Rookie Reynolds Draws Comparisons To McGwire
Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin puts rookie Mark Reynolds in select company. Recalled from Class AA Mobile on May 16 after Chad Tracy was placed on the disabled list with an injury to his rib cage, Reynolds has hit .442 (19-for-41) with three doubles, two triples, three homers and 13 RBI in his first 13 games. "Watching him taking batting practice, I have never seen anything like it," Melvin said. "It reminds me of (Mark) McGwire when he was hitting balls in the bleachers and out of buildings."
Unit To Miss Next Start
Randy Johnson got a cortisone injection in his wrist Tuesday and will miss his scheduled start Friday with tendinitis in his left forearm. "Just had some inflammation in there," Johnson said. "I don't know how I got it. I've never had it in my career in this area. It was swollen after my Pittsburgh start and the next day it was swollen again. I just had [hand specialist] Don Sheridan see my wrist and he evaluated it and said it was nothing to be alarmed about -- he'd seen it before. But he thought it would be in my best interest to let it rest for at least one start. It's already better today. It's not as sore, so I'm shooting for next Wednesday." Arizona manager Bob Melvin said that the club was "leaning" toward having Edgar Gonzalez start in Johnson's place, but whether Gonzalez is needed in relief before Friday could be a factor.
Pence, Valverde Named Co-NL Players Of The Week
Astros rookie outfielder Hunter Pence and Diamondbacks righthander Jose Valverde were named co-NL Players of the Week on Monday. Pence hit a league leading .591 (13-for-22) with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored. The 24-year-old posted a 1.091 slugging percentage and a .625 on-base mark over the six-game period. The Texas-born Pence dominated the Giants this past week, batting .727 (8-for-11) with two homers and four RBI during the three-game series.
D-Backs' Tracy Goes On 15-Day DL
Arizona placed third baseman Chad Tracy on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained left rib cage and promoted Mark Reynolds from Double-A Mobile to take his roster spot. Tracy got hurt Saturday against Houston and aggravated the injury Tuesday night at Colorado. "With Tracy's situation, it got to a point where we had to do something," manager Bob Melvin said.