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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Manager Torey Lovullo after D-Backs lose series vs. Nationals
Braden Shipley after walking six in loss to Nationals
D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo after loss to Nationals
Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray strikes out 10 in loss to Nationals
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ 6-3 win over Nationals
Taijuan Walker on his short start vs. Nationals
Shot Clock: Rockets sizzle, D-Backs fizzle?
A.J. Pollock on controversial play: “You guys saw the replay”
Descalso talks about walk-off home run over Rockies
Lovullo on pitching, more in D-Backs’ wild win
Corbin discusses his scoreless outing vs. Rockies
Fernando Rodney talks about his latest blown save
Zack Greinke after outing vs. Rockies
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller to have Tommy John surgery
Diamondbacks fall 3-1 to Rockies
Chris Owings on his two-homer night
D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker on his 11-strikeout performance vs. Padres
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller considering Tommy John surgery
Fernando Rodney reacts to his blown save against the Padres
Torey Lovullo reacts to Diamondbacks’ ‘heartbreaking’ loss
Diamondbacks attendance hits new low
Diamondbacks pull away from Padres for 9-3 win
Diamondbacks hold on for win over Padres
Shelby Miller on his injury, visit with team doctor
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller discusses arm injury
David Peralta on his record-setting night
Robbie Ray reacts to Saturday’s win over the Dodgers
Diamondbacks use 9-run eighth to overwhelm Dodgers
Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
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Gregor Blanco added to D-Backs roster
When Gregor Blanco strained his oblique late in spring training, the veteran outfielder figured he’d be out a week, perhaps two at the most. Six weeks later, Blanco finally is back with the Diamondbacks, who selected his contract from Triple-A Reno on Friday.
“I didn’t think it was going to be that long, but I had a couple of setbacks,” Blanco said. “My back started hurting a little bit because of the same injury. But right now, everything is good to go.”
Not only did the injury delay his season, it led the Diamondbacks to release him from the minor league contract they gave him in the offseason, only to sign him back to a new deal shortly after.
At the time, the club had to either add him to the major league roster or grant him his release. Prior to the injury Blanco had appeared to be a lock to make the roster. But the oblique complicated matters, and the club was no longer comfortable adding him immediately.
But the Diamondbacks still wanted him to stay in the organization. And while Blanco could have gone elsewhere, he said leaving didn’t feel right.
“You’ve already set your goals with these guys and talked to them about how the season was going to go and how to be teammates and take care of each other, play for each other and try to win a championship,” Blanco said. “It’s hard to see yourself out of it. You have to re-think in your mind. But I wasn’t ready for that. This is a great group of guys. I’m just happy that I’m with them.”
Blanco figures to play a similar role as outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker, who was optioned to Reno on Thursday morning to make room for right-hander Braden Shipley to start that day’s series finale against the Nationals.
Shipley, though, was sent back to Reno on Friday to make room for Blanco. Left-hander Steve Hathaway was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, clearing space for Blanco on the 40-man roster.
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. David Peralta RF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Yasmany Tomas LF
6. Brandon Drury 2B
7. Chris Owings SS
8. Jeff Mathis C
9. Zack Greinke P
Note: David Peralta and Brandon Drury return to the lineup after missing Thursday’s loss to the Nationals with illness. Drury left Wednesday’s game in the seventh inning after feeling weak and dizzy. Peralta didn’t play Tuesday or Wednesday and didn’t start Thursday, but did pinch-hit for Randall Delgado in the eighth inning, grounding out to third.
Prior to Friday’s game, the Diamondbacks recalled Gregor Blanco from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Braden Shipley to Reno.
Zack Greinke gave up three runs – each run coming on a solo home run – in six-plus innings against the Rockies last week at Chase Field. SS Trevor Story, 1B Mark Reynolds and PH Alexi Amarista homered off him.
Greinke has eight walks and 40 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. That’s an improvement in both categories compared to his averages per nine innings last season.
PREGAME READING: D-Backs’ bats continue to slumber on the road
Greinke has a 4.26 ERA in 44 1/3 innings in his career at Coors Field.
German Marquez was impressive on Sunday against the Diamondbacks, tossing six scoreless innings, with one walk and eight strikeouts, in a game the Rockies lost 2-0 in extra innings at Chase Field.
Marquez was roughed up in his first start, allowing eight runs in four innings.
He had a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings at Triple-A Albuquerque before joining the rotation.
The Rockies took two of three from the Diamondbacks at Chase Field over the weekend, then split the first two games of a three-game series against the Padres at Petco Park. They made a series of moves on Wednesday, bringing LHP Mike Dunn back from the disabled list and optioning RHP Carlos Estevez, and selecting the contract of C Ryan Hanigan to replace C Tony Wolters, who was placed on the seven-day concussion list. The Rockies are averaging 4.7 runs per game, ninth in the National League, and own a 4.52 ERA, which ranks fifth-to-last. As usual, they’re a far better offensive team at Coors Field, where they’re averaging 5.6 runs per game through 13 games, though they’re only 7-6 at home. IF/OF Ian Desmond had a two-homer game on Wednesday, and is 5 for 14 since coming off the DL.
Diamondbacks at Rockies
When: 5:40 p.m.
Where: Coors Field, Colorado.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (2-2, 3.19) vs. Rockies RHP German Marquez (0-1, 7.20).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KTAR-AM (620), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Saturday: At Colorado, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (2-3, 2.29) vs. Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (1-3, 7.71).
Sunday: At Colorado, 12:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (3-1, 4.19) vs. Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood (2-4, 5.40).
Tuesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (2-2, 4.21).