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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Diamondbacks snap losing streak with win over Tigers
Diamondbacks drop third straight with loss to Tigers
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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
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
Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles to correct elbow problems that surfaced earlier this season.
“Everything went fantastic, and he’s doing fine and resting comfortably,” manager Torey Lovullo said.
Miller opted for surgery at the end of April after tests revealed a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in addition to a flexor tendon strain. He experienced tightness in his forearm during his April 23 start against the Dodgers.
After undergoing an MRI and visiting with team physician Dr. Gary Waslewski, Miller received a second opinion from orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache and then had Dr. James Andrew review his medical reports.
Although the 26-year-old could have chose rest and rehab rather than surgery, Miller decided the surgical option made the most sense for him.
During the procedure, the ulnar collateral ligament is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. ElAttrache performed the surgery, and Lovullo expected Miller to return to the clubhouse in a couple of days.
“It’s a tough day for us,” Lovullo said. “We know one of our family members is in surgery and going to be gone for a little bit – 15 months he’s going to be missing from us. But he’s not forgotten, and I want him to know we’re thinking about him through this process.”
Before getting sidelined, Miller had been in the midst of a bounce-back season after a disastrous 2016 that included a demotion to the minors. He finished 2017 at 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA.
“I think it’ll make me feel better when I see him, I know that for sure,” Lovullo said. “I’m hoping that he’ll feel the same when he sees all of his teammates and he’ll see everybody pulling for him. I know that’ll lift his spirits.”
The Diamondbacks placed left-handed reliever T.J. McFarland on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left ankle contusion, a move that opened up a roster spot for right-hander Zack Godley – who was added from Triple-A Reno to start Wednesday.
McFarland was injured in Tuesday’s game, getting struck in the left ankle by a James McCann line drive in the sixth. Although he was able to corral the ball in time to throw to first, McFarland was limping afterward and left the game.
“X-rays were clean,” McFarland said. “A little bit of inflammation, soreness, stiffness, so right now we’re just trying to get that out of there. But good news is, as of right now with the X-rays, there was no fracture or anything.”
Before getting sidelined, McFarland had been an effective option for Arizona. In five games, he’d gone 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA.
“Very frustrating,” McFarland said. “Nobody likes to go on the D.L. Nobody wants to take time off, especially when you feel good – especially when you want to help the team out. And I don’t want to come out of the game there. It puts more pressure on the bullpen. It’s tough.”
Wednesday was Godley’s second start with auditions for the vacant No. 5 starting job continuing, but the options for locking down that spot don’t currently include right-hander Archie Bradley, as Lovullo reiterated the plan right now is to keep Bradley in the bullpen.
“I’m not saying that it will never happen and whether it happens next year or sometime during the course of this year, we’re going to make sure that whatever we’re doing, it’s in the best interest of this team each and every day,” Lovullo said. “Archie’s been outstanding in the bullpen, and I think the common denominator here is, why we would we take him out of a role that he’s been fairly dominant in when we need him in that role?”
Lovullo, however, does believe a long-term solution for the spot is inside the organization.
“We want somebody to take that role, take that lead,” Lovullo said, “and say, ‘I got you covered. This is mine.’”
By overwhelming the Tigers 7-1 Wednesday at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks snapped a three-game slide and avoided what would have been a season-long four-game skid.
Seven runs was the most Arizona had scored since a 9-3 win April 25 against the Padres as the team’s offense dried up during the bulk of its last road trip.
Shortstop Nick Ahmed homered in the third, center fielder A.J. Pollock had a two-run single with the bases loaded in the sixth and then left fielder Yasmany Tomas and second baseman Brandon Drury smacked back-to-back homers in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
“It’s good to obviously shut down any losing streak,” Ahmed said. “Hopefully things will get contagious. Starters will continue to pitch well, and our offense will continue to pound out some runs.”
Before the game, Lovullo said the adversity the Diamondbacks had been facing wasn’t uncommon and is forecasted. The Diamondbacks had only one three-game losing streak in April as they made a strong debut this season, but Luvollo called it impossible for every team to be as dialed in as the team was that month.
“It’d be nice if that was the case, and I feel like we have the ability to do that,” Lovullo said. “But we are prepared to weather the storm. … It’s well documented that every team in baseball has little runs where it’s not so great, and the best teams are able to fight through it, figure it out and come out of it even stronger. And it probably won’t be the last time this happens this year, but I know it’s the first time it’s happening to us this time this year, and we’re walking through it together which is pleasing to me.”
Pirates at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.09) vs. Pirates RHP Gerrit Cole (1-3, 3.14 ERA).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Greinke has turned in four consecutive quality starts and is coming off a win, giving up just two runs in seven innings last Friday against the Rockies. … Over his last three starts, Greinke has struck out 27. … In four home starts, he’s 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA; Greinke is 6-3 with a 5.04 ERA in 10 career starts against the Pirates. … Cole has settled into a rhythm after giving up five runs in his season debut; he boasts a 2.37 ERA through six starts since that game. … His last time out, Cole gave up just one run off two hits through seven innings while striking out eight. … He’s struck out that many in three of his last four appearances.
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (2-4, 3.89) vs. Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow (1-2, 6.33).
Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (3-2, 3.83) vs. Pirates RHP Trevor Williams (1-2, 7.98).
Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.14) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.23).
Up next: Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates are in the midst of a seven-game road trip that started in Los Angeles. Entering their finale against the Dodgers Wednesday, they had dropped three straight and five of their past seven. Most of their struggles have come on the road, and the team sits last in the NL Central. This is a young Pittsburgh team that has been regularly been in flux to start the season. Outfielder Starling Marte is serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The Pirates are also without second baseman Adam Frazier (hamstring strain), third baseman David Freese (hamstring strain) and right-hander Jameson Taillon, who recently underwent surgery for suspected testicular cancer. Freese, who hasn’t played since April 24, still leads regulars on the team in a number of offensive categories including average (.321). Outfielder Andrew McCutchen was hitting .222 entering Wednesday’s game with five home runs and 15 RBIs. Pittsburgh’s 121 runs were second-fewest in the National League. The team’s 3.98 ERA ranked fifth.