MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred backs the Diamondbacks in the team’s arguments with Maricopa County. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Edinson Volquez’s no-hitter and his team’s struggles on the road.
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Herrmann talks about Edinson Volquez’s outing and his team’s struggles on the road.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Rey Fuentes talks about his team’s struggles against Edinson Volquez.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin said he thought he pitched better than the results showed on Friday night in Miami.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Patrick Corbin’s outing and his team’s ability to fight back from an early deficit.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s come-from-behind win over the Marlins on Thursday night in Miami.
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta said he was glad Chris Owings came through with an RBI hit because Peralta didn’t want to play another inning. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Chris Owings, who drove in the winning run, talks about the importance of Wednesday’s victory in Pittsburgh.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s ability to overcome obstacles on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray was mobbed by his teammates in the clubhouse after throwing the first shutout of his career on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Robbie Ray’s outing on Tuesday night against the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann said Robbie Ray missed his glove only a couple of times on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ JJ Hensley and Mark Faller discuss the Diamondbacks losing over the weekend and the Penguins’ win over the Predators.
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Chris Iannetta talks about his two-run, game-tying homer on Monday evening at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, May 29, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo talks about the emotional swings in the Diamondbacks 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 29, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley talks about the home run Andrew McCutchen hit off him to give the Pirates a walkoff on Monday, May 29, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses Patrick Corbin’s struggles and his team’s loss to the Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was roughed up by the Brewers on Sunday in Milwaukee, giving up seven runs, including four on a grand slam by Domingo Santana. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about the pitch that Jett Bandy hit for a bases-clearing double in Saturday’s loss to the Brewers. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down Zack Greinke’s outing vs. the Brewers and Chase Anderson’s near no-hitter on Saturday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about the performance of ex-teammate Chase Anderson, who flirted with a no-hitter against his former team on Saturday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s late rally to beat the Brewers 4-2 in Milwaukee on Friday night.
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Chris Iannetta talks about the ninth-inning home run he hit on Friday night in Milwaukee.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the key for the Diamondbacks’ long-term success this season and weigh in on the LeBron vs. Jordan debate.
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Lefty Robbie Ray lowered his road ERA to 0.81 with seven scoreless innings vs. the Brewers on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about left-hander Robbie Ray’s outing in his team’s 4-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his club’s 8-6 win over the White Sox to complete a home sweep on Wednesday. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb discusses homering off left-hander Jose Quintana despite his lefty struggles and the Diamondbacks’ strong start to the season after Wednesday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann on recent hitting surge and his home run in Arizona’s 5-4 win on Tuesday at Chase Field. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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Pitcher Archie Bradley was one of three Arizona Diamondbacks who participated in a cow-milking competition on May 23, 2017 at Chase Field.
The contest was to promote Shamrock Farms Grand Slam Milk Drive program.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller discusses his Tommy John surgery and his impending rehab before Tuesday’s game at Chase Field. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley weigh in on the Diamondbacks, LeBron James and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
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Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke on his near-complete game and use of an Eephus pitch during Monday’s dominant outing against the White Sox. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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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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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on rift between D-Backs, Maricopa County
D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo on no-hitter, road struggles
Chris Herrmann on Edinson Volquez’s performance in no-hitter
D-Backs’ Rey Fuentes on Edinson Volquez’s pitch mix in no-hitter
Patrick Corbin after loss to Marlins
Torey Lovullo on Patrick Corbin’s outing vs. Marlins
Torey Lovullo on Nick Ahmed, comeback win over Marlins
David Peralta talks about Chris Owings’ ‘clutch’ hit vs. Pirates
Chris Owings on D-Backs’ extra-inning win in Pittsburgh
Torey Lovullo on ‘character win’ in Pittsburgh
Robbie Ray on postgame celebration after shutout vs. Pirates
Torey Lovullo on Robbie Ray’s shutout of Pirates
Chris Herrmann on Robbie Ray’s ‘outstanding’ outing vs. Pirates
Shot Clock: Winless weekend with D-Backs
Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta on his latest clutch homer
Torey Lovullo on Diamondbacks’ loss to the Pirates
Archie Bradley after walkoff loss to Pirates
Torey Lovullo on Patrick Corbin’s outing, loss to Brewers
Patrick Corbin on his outing vs. Brewers
Zack Greinke on his outing in loss to Brewers
Torey Lovullo on loss to Brewers, Chase Anderson
Paul Goldschmidt talks about Chase Anderson’s outing
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ comeback win in MIlwaukee
Chris Iannetta on his game-tying homer vs. Brewers
Can D-Backs keep this up? Why, why not
Robbie Ray after dominant outing in Milwaukee
D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo on impressive win over Brewers
Torey Lovullo on ‘nice team win’ for D-Backs
Jake Lamb on strong game against lefty Jose Quintana
Chris Herrmann on hitting surge, HR in win
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley competes in cow milking competition
Shelby Miller: Tommy John surgery ‘was a pretty smooth process’
Shot Clock: Time to take D-Backs seriously
Zack Greinke on near-complete game, Eephus pitch
Torey Lovullo on Zack Greinke’s ‘great night’
Montini volunteers free tickets – with Bickley’s help
D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo on loss vs. Padres
Chris Iannetta on homering in first game off DL
Zack Godley on his outing vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs pound Padres 9-1
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ blowout win vs. Padres
Taijuan Walker tosses six scoreless vs. Padres
Brandon Drury homers in win vs. Padres
Watch out for Dodgers; Cards CBs apply for job
Diamondbacks outlast Mets in extra innings
Diamondbacks discuss close win over Mets
Diamondbacks’ Zack Godley talks after win over Mets
Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo talks upbeat pace in win over Mets
A.J. Pollock discusses his injury after loss to Pirates
David Peralta downplays his injury vs. Pirates
Torey Lovullo on injuries, loss vs. Pirates
Chris Iannetta talks about scary HBP vs. Pirates
Diamondbacks rally falls short against Pirates
Lovullo: Iannetta “said he could play tonight if he had to” after HBP
Diamondbacks overwhelm Pirates 11-4
Kaepernick blackballed? Greinke now trade bait?
Zack Greinke on his near no-hitter against Pirates
Lovullo reacts to Greinke’s near no-hitter in win
Diamondbacks snap losing streak with win over Tigers
Diamondbacks drop third straight with loss to Tigers
Shot Clock: D-Backs face pivotal homestand
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ latest loss to Rockies
Taijuan Walker after loss to Rockies
Patrick Corbin after being roughed up by Rockies
D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo on ‘tough night’ at Coors Field
Zack Greinke on impressive outing vs. Rockies
Manager Torey Lovullo after win over Rockies
The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the fourth to make it 10-1 and starter Robbie Ray has done his part, giving up just one hit through six innings. He’s struck out nine and walked two. At 95 pitches and with Arizona in control, he might be done for the night, though. No reason to tax him with such a big lead. Let the bullpen finish it off.
No place like home
The Diamondbacks bats may go silent on the road but boy do they make a lot of noise when they get back to Chase Field.
Arizona burst to a 7-0 lead over the San Diego Padres after two innings Tuesday, thanks to two hits and four RBIs from Jake Lamb and a three-run homer by Chris Owings off San Diego starter Dinelson Lamet. It was Owings’ seventh home run of the year, a career high.
Meanwhile, Robbie Ray has been dealing, striking out four of the Padres’ first six batters without allowing a hit. His scoreless inning streak ended on a fourth-inning Hunter Renfroe home run.
Delgado to stay in D-Backs rotation
Randall Delgado and Zack Godley are now part of the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation. Taijuan Walker soon will be.
All of which leads to one question: What to do with left-hander Patrick Corbin, who has allowed 12 earned runs in his last two starts and sported a 9.00 ERA the month of May?
“We have a lot of plans,” manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday.
Let’s start with Delgado, who has a 1.80 ERA in three starts since Walker went on the disabled list with a finger blister. Delgado has struck out 15 batters in 15 innings while walking just two, convincing Lovullo that he deserves to remain in the rotation rather than returning to his role as a long man out of the bullpen.
“We’re going to allow Randall to continue getting the ball every fifth day,” Lovullo said. “He’s been throwing the ball extremely well. Things I’m talking about: Repeating his delivery, a three-pitch mix, big outs, big moments, not getting glassy-eyed and on the attack.”
Delgado will start Friday against Milwaukee. Godley, who was recalled when the Diamondbacks placed outfielder Yasmany Tomas (groin) on the disabled list and optioned pitcher Braden Shipley to Triple-A Reno, will take the ball on Saturday.
Godley was 1-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts when the Diamondbacks optioned him to Reno on June 1. The move was made because Arizona needed another arm in the bullpen, Godley had options, and he wouldn’t have pitched for another five days. At the time, Lovullo called it a “difficult conversation.”
“I’m excited to have him back,” Lovullo said. “He was throwing the ball very, very well for us … We encouraged him to keep the same work habits he had up here and he did that. He did his job and he deserved the call-up.”
Godley said that while he understood the Diamondbacks’ decision to send him down, “I’d be wrong to say I wasn’t disappointed … Really and truly it is the business of baseball I have to live with no matter how I feel about it. I can either dwell on it or move forward.”
When Walker returns to the rotation will be determined in part by how his blister responds after he pitches a simulated game Wednesday at Salt River Fields. Walker said “everything feels good,” but he’s also mindful of what he was told by Toronto pitcher Aaron Sanchez, who has dealt with an ongoing blister problem this season
“He told me the biggest thing is to take as much time as you need,” said Walker, who was placed on the disabled list May 21. “You don’t want to pitch, go back on the DL, pitch, go back on the DL. If there’s one piece of advice, it’s that. Make sure it’s 100 percent.”
Lovullo said the Diamondbacks will wait to see how Walker comes out of the simulated game before deciding when to reinsert him into the rotation. Once he’s ready to go, however, the Diamondbacks will have six starters: Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Walker, Delgado, Godley and Corbin.
Lovullo wouldn’t specify what he’ll do when all six starters are available, but it’s fair to wonder whether Corbin might be sent to the bullpen if he struggles in his start Thursday against San Diego. Corbin was 4-12 with a 5.58 ERA as a starter in 2016 but excelled coming out of the ‘pen, with a 2.70 ERA in 12 appearances.
Tomas to DL
Lovullo said Tomas (right groin tendinitis) was placed on the 10-day disabled list to “get ahead” of the injury, which has bothered him since May 24, the day before Arizona left for its 11-day, 11-game road trip.
“This is something he’s been battling for a little while,” Lovullo said. “Let him get off his feet, get him healed up and get himself back in the lineup as quickly as possible.”
With Tomas out, the Diamondbacks outfield consists of four left-handed batters – Gregor Blanco, David Peralta, Rey Fuentes and Jeremy Hazelbaker – plus left-handed reserves Chris Herrmann and Daniel Descalso, who got the start Tuesday in left field.
“Those guys are going to have to grind out some (at-bats) they might be uncomfortable with,” Lovullo said.
One possible solution: Lovullo said Chris Owings, who has played shortstop and right field, will get some reps in left field and could get a start there.
Center fielder A.J. Pollock said rehabilitation for his injured right groin is “going really well. I’m running and getting better every day.”
Pollock said he’ll run the bases sometime this week, the next step in his rehab, and that he’s been encouraged by the recent progress he’s made. There’s still no set timetable for his return.
“We’re excited to keep him progressing where he can get to the point where he returns and helps us win some games,” Lovullo said.
Pollock said trainers have him working on strengthening his hamstrings and hip abductor muscles in an attempt to prevent any further groin injuries. He also believes he’s discovered the reason he injured his groin in mid-May.
“I was pretty sick the day before, so I was pretty dehydrated,” he said. “That was kind of one me. I probably should have been a little more aware. Be a little more careful, drink a little more water. I wish it was less of a warning from my body but it happens and you just learn from it. Hopefully I can learn from it and grow.”
Catching up with the San Diego Padres
Padres update: When the Diamondbacks last saw the Padres, San Diego was in the midst of a miserable stretch, losing 14 of 17 games. But starting with a victory in the finale of that series against the Diamondbacks, the Padres have been playing much better, having won eight of 13 games, including three in a row against the Chicago Cubs.
A pair of prospects who were recently promoted from the minors have contributed. RHP Dinelson Lamet, whom the Diamondbacks will face on Tuesday, has thrown well in two outings, and CF Franchy Cordero has gone 8 for 25 (.320) with a double and a triple.
The Padres are last in the league with a .221 average and .286 on-base, but they do show some power from time to time, with four hitters already in double digits in home runs: 3B Ryan Schimpf (14), 1B Wil Myers (12), C Austin Hedges (11) and RF Hunter Renfroe (11). Rule 5 pick Allen Cordoba is hitting .287 with a .748 OPS in 108 at-bats despite having never played above rookie ball prior to this season.
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (5-3, 3.00) vs. Padres RHP Dinelson Lamet (2-0, 2.70).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Ray has not allowed a run in his past three starts, and counting the final inning of his start before that, he’s logged 24 2/3 scoreless innings. … He dominated the Pirates last week at PNC Park, logging the first shutout and first complete game of his career, giving up just four hits and no walks while striking out 10. … He induced an incredible 18 swings-and-misses on his fastball. … Lamet, 24, signed with the Padres three years ago out of the Dominican Republic for $100,000, and he moved quickly through their system, touching three levels last season before getting the call to the majors two weeks ago. … He’s gone five innings in each of his starts, striking out eight both times, and allowed a combined three earned runs. … He has averaged 96.2 mph with his fastball and 86.3 mph with his slider, which is considered his best secondary pitch. He also throws a change-up.
D-Backs’ stolen-base threat a factor, even when they’re not thieving
The Diamondbacks ran wild on opposing teams in the season’s first month, stealing not just second base but often third, as well, and sometimes both at the same time.
But the running game has stalled out in recent weeks, with the Diamondbacks becoming an increasingly sedentary offense. Some of that might be related to personnel – A.J. Pollock has missed the past 20 games with a groin injury – but, more than likely, it’s a matter of opportunity. And that isn’t entirely bad, in the eyes of Diamondbacks baserunning guru Dave McKay.
The Diamondbacks had just three stolen-base attempts during their 11-game road trip – partly a byproduct of an offense that struggled to produce baserunners – but McKay believes just the threat of a steal helped them secure at least one victory.
“What you’re seeing – and I mentioned this to the guys – is that these pitchers are quick to the plate and when you force guys to be quick to the plate they make mistakes with their pitches, and that’s a good thing,” said McKay, the Diamondbacks’ first base coach. “Then you’ve got shortstops and second basemen holding you close to the bag and playing out of position, and it gives your partner, the hitter, a chance to hit a ball through there.”
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (7-3, 3.06) vs. Padres RHP Luis Perdomo (0-2, 5.01).
Thursday: At Chase Field, 12:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (4-6, 5.43) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (3-6, 4.33).
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Randall Delgado (1-1, 3.24) vs. Brewers RHP Zach Davies (6-3, 4.69).