Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Greinke’s strong performance and the club’s offense. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and E.J. Montini discuss the Diamondbacks and their special summer ticket deal.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Padres lefty Clayton Richard’s performance and the home run by Chris Iannetta on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta returned from the disabled list on Sunday and slammed a home run on the first pitch he saw. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley threw seven innings and allowed three runs, all of them scoring in the fifth in a loss to the Padres on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s easy win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s eight-run first inning and right-hander Taijuan Walker’s sharp outing vs. the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings, but he wasn’t satisfied with the way he threw on Friday night in a win over the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Brandon Drury talks about his team’s offensive outburst vs. the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the NBA MVP, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers and the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo, catcher Chris Herrmann and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to the 5-4 win against the Mets, sweeping the series, May 17, 2017.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to Tuesday’s 5-4 Diamondbacks win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Zack Godley talks pitching and gameplay after his team’s 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo discusses the pace his team kept during a 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about the injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s loss to the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta doesn’t think his glute injury is significant, he said. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s 6-4 loss to the Pirates on Sunday and provides updates on his injured outfielders. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta says he ‘got lucky on all accounts’ after being hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball on Friday night vs. the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 13, 2017.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo provides an update on catcher Chris Iannetta, who was hit in the face by a pitch during Friday’s game, before Saturday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to 11-4 win against the Pirates, May 12, 2017.
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Shot Clock: Colin Kaepernick is better than Blaine Gabbert, right? So why did the Cardinals not sign him? Also, Zack Greinke has his Randy Johnson moment … what does it mean for Diamondbacks?
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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke describes his night, in which he nearly threw a no-hitter against the Pirates.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to Zack Greinke’s near-no-hit performance in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Godley and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 7-1 win.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray react to the 7-3 loss.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ difficulties on the road and the NBA’s big issue in the playoffs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says defensive miscues cost them in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was charged with eight runs in four-plus innings against the Rockies on Saturday night.
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Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t think his team played fundamentally sound in Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s win over the Rockies on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Braden Shipley’s outing and his offense’s struggles vs. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Braden Shipley gave up three runs in four-plus innings against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s inability to come up with a hit in a key situation on Wednesday night, May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray had everything working but still came away with a loss on Wednesday night in D.C., May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his pitching staff did well to hold the Nationals to three runs on Tuesday night.
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Taijuan Walker didn’t blame a small strike zone for his abbreviated, 4 2/3-inning outing on Tuesday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Rockets’ explosion against the Spurs and a possible pitching implosion for the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock speaks about the controversial call that went against him in the 10th inning of Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks’ Daniel Descalso talks about his two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Rockies in the 13th inning on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s strong pitching fueling Arizona’s walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin talks about his strong, scoreless outing against the Rockies in Sunday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney talks about his outing vs. the Rockies, and says he’ll have no trouble bouncing back from his latest setback. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start on Saturday night, in which he allowed three earned runs in six-plus innings vs. the Rockies. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller explains his decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, April 29, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to Tuesday’s win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and shortstop Chris Owings react to Monday’s home win over the Padres. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller did not provide many details on his elbow injury on Monday, but he is planning to receive a second opinion on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about arm injury suffered during the 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, April 23, 2017. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
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David Peralta talks about the Diamondbacks’ offense and his record-setting four doubles Saturday.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray talks after his team’s 11-5 victory over the Dodgers.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the 13-5 win.
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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt says the Diamondbacks couldn’t string together enough hits against the Padres on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-1 loss to the Padres and their 4-6 road trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Outside of a handful of Japanese League teams and a couple minor-league clubs that still roll them out, baseball pretty much abolished the use of the bullpen car. They were fun while they lasted, those goofy golf carts topped with giant caps.
Some were sharp, like the Yankees’ famous pinstriped Datsun. Some were not, like the Mariners’ infamous tugboat on wheels dubbed the M.S. Relief. But they’re basically all gone now.
It’s too bad, really, because the Diamondbacks probably could use one of their own on Wednesday in what essentially will amount to a “bullpen game” when they wrap up their three-game series against the visiting Chicago White Sox.
With a very real chance they could burn through most, if not all of their relief pitchers, they might want to make it a clown car. Anywhere from six to seven to eight relievers might end up spilling out of it.
“I imagine we’re going to have quite a bit of fun,” reliever Tom Wilhelmsen said. “And we already have a pretty good time down there.”
With Taijuan Walker assigned to the disabled list due to a blister on his right index finger, Arizona needed someone to make a spot start in his absence. The most logical replacement, Braden Shipley, isn’t available after throwing seven innings for Triple-A Reno on Sunday.
So after huddling with management, manager Torey Lovullo announced on Monday his bullpen will handle the day game by itself. Right-hander Randall Delgado will get the start and the other seven relievers will simply wait for their turn to be called when they hear the bullpen phone ring.
It might just ring off the hook like it did here at Chase Field in an exhibition game just before Opening Day. That’s when Indians manager Terry Francona used nine different pitchers against the Diamondbacks – one for each inning of play.
“Yeah, it might (ring a lot), I would assume,” reliever Andrew Chafin said. “We’ll all be ready when it does, though, I can tell you that.”
“Bullpen games” happen frequently in the minors when the parent club raids one of its clubs of an ace just before a scheduled start. They are a little rarer at the major-league level, although last month, the Rays, fearing a lengthy rain delay, relied entirely on their bullpen to beat the Orioles 2-0.
“I’ve been in quite a few of them,” Wilhelmsen said of bullpen games. “I think it’ll be just fine. We’ve got guys in our bullpen that are capable of throwing two, three innings, so that makes it a little easier. There’s eight of us in there now, so that makes it a little easier, too. We’re just going to go out and do what we’ve been doing this year. We’re just going to start the game and finish it.”
Asked if there might be any ribbing over who might fall in line for the potential “win,” Wilhelmsen said, “We’re not that into ourselves. We’ve all been humbled. That’s why we’re in the bullpen.”
Lovullo said he tabbed Delgado to start because he’s had the most extended outings and has emerged as the Diamondbacks’ long reliever. Plus, the one-time starter has been pitching lights-out lately. Ranked second among National League relievers in innings pitched (26.2), Delgado had a career-long scoreless streak of 15.1 innings snapped on Friday.
How many innings will Delgado throw?
“I’m not going to put a number on it,” Lovullo said. “What we’re asking him to do is go as hard as he can for as long as he can, not change his routine, not change his game-day prep. Just walk into that start doing exactly what he’s been doing because he’s been locked-in and throwing the ball very well.”
Lovullo went on to say that he’ll worry about each of his reliever’s availability when Wednesday morning gets here, but said the bullpen was a completely rested unit entering Monday’s night’s series opener against the Sox.
“We have guys that can create a little bit of length,” he said, “so we’re going to do what we can as a group to walk through this each day, individually, and once we get there we’ll figure out what we have and who we have and try to win the game when Randall starts.”
The only problem with Delgado starting is that by him not actually being in the bullpen during the game, the rest of the relievers say they won’t have their favorite funny man around to help amuse them. That’s right, apparently Delgado is the Jackie Jokester of the group.
“He’s a very funny guy. He’ll keep you on your toes,” reliever J.J. Hoover said. “He’s just, I don’t know, Randy.”
The Diamondbacks bullpen, which was leading the NL and ranked second in the majors with a May ERA of 2.06, isn’t without its share of wise guys and cut-ups. Just ask Wilhelmsen, one of the group’s more colorful personalities.
“We’re going to have to lock it in a little bit earlier this go-around,” he said. “But it’s still not going to take us away from our calm, fun-loving, kind of busting (expletive) nature, because we like to keep things the same down there – light and free and easy.
“There’s a number of things we do, but it’s mostly just looking at and making fun of Randall. We’ve got quite a few characters. (Fernando) Rodney’s pretty darn funny. Chafin’s a funny guy. (Archie) Bradley, he just talks and talks. But Randall I think is the one we all look forward to laughing with.”
The real laugh would be if Lovullo could summon up a funky-looking bullpen car to ferry his relievers from the bullpen to the pitching mound. If nothing else, it could help speed up the game.
Reach McManaman at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @azbobbymac and listen to him live every Wednesday night between 7-9 on Fox Sports 910-AM on The Freaks with Kenny and Crash.
White Sox at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (3-4, 4.38) vs. White Sox RHP Dylan Covey (0-3, 7.64).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Corbin has a 9.00 ERA over his last three starts, which included allowing eight earned runs in a game at Colorado. He’s never gone deeper than seven full innings in any of his starts, but his ERA in six starts at home (3.06) is far better than his ERA in three starts on the road (7.31). Teams are hitting .279 against him. The Diamondbacks have won in four of his last five starts. … Covey is making his eighth start and still is searching for his first win despite allowing three or fewer earned runs on three occasions. He’s allowed two home runs in each of his past four starts, in which the White Sox have gone 1-3. This will be his first career start against the Diamondbacks. His ERA in five road appearances is 8.33.
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 12:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Randall Delgado (1-0, 4.50) vs. White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (2-5, 3.92).
Thursday: At Milwaukee, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (3-3, 3.91) vs. Brewers RHP Paolo Espino (0-0, 4.50).
Friday: At Milwaukee, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 2.45) vs. Brewers RHP Chase Anderson (2-1, 4.25).