August 2011 - Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap
Ian Kennedy Wins 17th Game
Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy led the team to a 6-1 win over the Padres on Sunday to become the first 17-game winner in the National League this season. "Everybody speculated when I named him Opening Day starter and he's lived up to it," manager Kirk Gibson said of Kennedy. "He's been huge." Kennedy posted his ninth quality start in ten outings.
D-Backs, Jays Swap Second Baseman
The Diamondbacks have traded second baseman Kelly Johnson to the Blue Jays for infielders Aaron Hill and John McDonald Johnson, eligible for free agency after the season, has struggled at the plate this year, hitting .209 with 132 strikeouts and 18 homers. Hill, who will fill Johnson's spot at second, is hitting .225 but was second among all second basemen with 62 homers from 2009-10. McDonald is expected to help Willie Bloomquist at shortstop with Stephen Drew on the DL with a broken right ankle. McDonald hit .250 in 65 games with Toronto this season.
Victorino's Suspension Reduced To Two Games
Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino’s suspension for his part in a benches-clearing brawl at San Francisco on Aug. 5 has been reduced and he will miss the next two games. Victorino appealed the original suspension of three games and it was dropped to two games. He wasn’t in Philadelphia’s lineup against Arizona on Thursday and won’t play at Washington on Friday.
Marquis To Miss 4-6 Weeks
The Diamondbacks will be without right-hander Jason Marquis for four-to-six weeks after an injury suffered on Sunday. He broke his right shinbone when it was hit by a line drive against the Mets. Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Marquis would be out for four to six weeks. "I was put on a good position coming over here," Marquis said. "I finally was getting the results I had wanted to, so to finish on this note. Hopefully it's not the end." The Diamondbacks acquired Marquis in a trade with the Nationals last month.
Jason Marquis Breaks Shinbone
Arizona right-hander Jason Marquis broke his right shinbone after getting hit by a line drive Sunday, according to an ESPN.com report. At first he stayed in the game after he was hit by a ball off the bat of the Mets' Angel Pagan in the top of the third inning. Manager Kirk Gibson said Marquis would be out for four to six weeks.
Marquis Once Again Mulling Mets
Diamondbacks right-hander Jason Marquis, a native of New York, is once again thinking about coming home to pitch. Marquis will be a free agent this winter and has entertained pitching for the Mets in the past. "I try not to extend my focus past (this year), but obviously I have always had a desire to pitch at home," Marquis said. "I'm a New York guy, and I have always dreamed of playing for the Yankees or Mets, representing my hometown."
Arizona Signs Lyle Overbay
The Diamondbacks have signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a contract. In a related move, Arizona placed Xavier Nady on the disabled list after he was hit by a pitch in a recent game. Overbay was released by the Pirates earlier this week.
D-Backs Haven't Ruled Out Promoting Bauer This Season
The Diamondbacks haven't ruled out prospect Trevor Bauer progressing to the major leagues before the end of the season. Bauer made his third and perhaps final start for High-A Visalia on Tuesday night, striking out eight in four innings. He has 17 strikeouts in nine innings for Visalia and is expected to be promoted to Double-A Mobile before his next start. "The stuff is really good," vice president Jerry Dipoto said. "It took him a couple of starts to get the release point and the feel for where he was after not pitching for so long." Counting his junior season at UCLA, Bauer has thrown 145 2/3 innings, and Dipoto said he is comfortable with Bauer throwing up to about 175.
Nady Suffers Fractured Hand On HBP
Diamondbacks first baseman Xavier Nady was hit by a pitch on Friday night against the Mets, suffering a fractured left hand in the process. "It's a big blow to us," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He was playing great. ... He had a great role on the team with his veteran [leadership]." Nady was hitting .248 in 81 games, with four home runs and 35 RBIs.
D-Backs Walk Off On Young's 3-Run HR
Chris Young hit a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Houston Astros 8-5 on Thursday night, according to an ESPN.com report.
D-Backs Take Over First In NL West
The Diamondbacks beat the Astros 6-3 on Wednesday night to take sole possession of the NL West lead for the first time since June 24.
Giants Place Struggling Zito Back On DL
The Giants have placed Barry Zito back on to the disabled list.
D-Backs Call Up Paul Goldschmidt
The D-Backs have called up Paul Goldschmidt and wil start him at first base in the opener of a key series against the Giants.