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 lefty Patrick Corbin gave up three runs in six innings, striking out eight, and took the loss vs. the Padres.
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Zack Greinke talks about the breaking ball the Padres’ Erick Aybar hit for a home run, his only blemish in a 1-0 loss in San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the pitchers’ duel that ended in a 1-0 loss against the San Diego Padres.
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Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis talks about the pitch Erick Aybar hit for a homer off Zack Greinke, and about the effectiveness of Padres right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
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Shelby Miller won for the second time this season, beating the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about Shelby Miller’s strong outing in an 11-2 win over the Padres.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo after his team rallied to beat the Dodgers 3-2 on Monday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray walked four batters early but settled in and struck out 10 in six innings against the Dodgers on Monday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Zack Greinke’s slump and the Cardinals and Sun Devils continuing their preparations for the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Fernando Rodney’s save, Taijuan Walker’s performance and his team’s win against the Dodgers on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just one run in five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta talks about his home run against Dodgers lefty Rich Hill and the performance of teammate Taijuan Walker in Sunday’s win. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo explains why he used closer Fernando Rodney with his team trailing in the eighth inning on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings vs. the Dodgers in Arizona’s 8-4 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday night. Nick PIecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo talks about Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw’s dominance vs. the Diamondbacks on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up five runs in five innings against the Dodgers on Friday night, coming up short in his matchup against Clayton Kershaw.
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers series and the NBA playoffs.
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Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke and Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw will combine to make more than $69 million this season.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller took the blame for Wednesday night’s loss to the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about Shelby Miller’s outing and his hitters’ struggles with guys in scoring position.
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Now that the Cubs have their rings, a look back the Diamondbacks’ World Series ring from 2001.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about his play on Aaron Hill’s third-inning drive and Jake Lamb’s go-ahead, three-run triple.
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Lefty Robbie Ray worked around five walks and was helped by his defense in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Giants on Tuesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker said he made a mistake by trying to throw home on a strange play against the Giants in Monday’s loss in San Francisco. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin talks about his personal performance so far this season after the team swept the series against the Indians, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley disagree on the NBA MVP and share their thoughts on the D-Backs’ hot start.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s win against the Indians, sweeping the series, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Breaking down the Diamondbacks’ fantastic start to the 2017 season.
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Right-hander Zack Greinke gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Indians as the Diamondbacks rolled to another victory.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo talks about the team’s ups and downs in a win against the Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about his 2017 season start in a win against the Cleveland Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ start to the season as well as the retirement of Shane Doan.
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta discusses Thursday’s win over the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 3-1 start to the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs at Chase Field.
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Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discusses his first start in a Diamondbacks uniform on Wednesday against the Giants. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his club’s 8-6 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks need a shortstop. Scott Bordow and Jay Dieffenbach discuss that and the Hamilton hazing scandal in the Shot Clock.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about his error in the Giants’ five-run fifth inning.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. the Giants and his struggles to retire Hunter Pence.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks dedicated Paul Goldschmidt Field in Goodyear on April 4, 2017. It’s the 39th “Diamonds Back” Field in Arizona. Video: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Former Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals slugger had an emergency brain procedure to address a brain hemorrhage.
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You can stream baseball online using MLB.TV, but the service does have restrictions.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings delivered the game-winning hit on Sunday vs. the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the hug he gave walk-off hero Chris Owings and about his first win in his new job.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in five innings against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the upcoming baseball season. The lineup appears to be solid. What about the pitching staff? Video: Cheryl Evans/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports released its annual list of players to watch for in the upcoming season.
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The Diamondbacks had their photos taken on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields.
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Archie Bradley mentioned last week how his teammates give him a hard time – his phrase, to be exact, was that “they give me heck” – because despite his switch to a relief role he still acted like he was in the rotation, continuing to pal around with the starters before and after games.
“I think that’s always going to be in me,” Bradley said.
Bradley’s role has been a topic of conversation throughout the season’s first few weeks, but the debate has taken on heightened meaning over the past 48 hours, following the elbow injury that landed right-hander Shelby Miller on the disabled list on Monday afternoon.
Before, the question was whether Bradley should have a more significant role in the Diamondbacks’ bullpen hierarchy. Now, it’s whether Bradley should even remain in the bullpen at all — or if he should return to his old job, taking the spot Miller vacated.
Manager Torey Lovullo said the Diamondbacks are keeping their options open. Bradley is clearly one of them. Another is right-hander Zack Godley, who was held back from making his scheduled start in Triple-A Reno on Monday night. Since Miller’s turn isn’t until Friday, it would seem any of their other starters in Reno could be possibilities, as well.
Bradley, on the surface, would appear to be the most logical choice. He was shifted to the bullpen in the first place only because there was no room for him in the big league rotation, with team officials insisting late in spring training that they continued to view him as a starter in the long term.
He’s also thrown better than anyone, giving up just one run through 11 1/3 innings. His stuff is far better than it was in previous years – his average fastball velocity of 96.14 mph is nearly three miles an hour up from the past two seasons, according to BrooksBaseball – suggesting he has the raw weapons to pitch much more effectively as a starter than he has in the past.
(It’s worth noting that Bradley’s velocity spike isn’t purely the result of the role change. He was averaging 95-96 mph during February and March, as well, during which time he still was being used predominantly as a starter.)
Count Bradley among those intrigued by the possibility of what he could do as a starter with his rediscovered velocity.
BOX SCORE: Diamondbacks 7, Padres 6
“I think obviously I’d have to change a little bit” about the way he pitches, Bradley said, “but the way I’m throwing the ball I’m not going to change too much. I’m definitely excited to see what would happen. (But) as for now, I’m in the bullpen and that’s where we’re at.”
And there are some logical reasons why the club might want to keep him there. For one, Bradley is having success, something he hadn’t always had in the past at the big league level. Lovullo acknowledged there has been some internal consideration to the notion of not messing with a good thing.
There are also some around the game who believe the bullpen is where Bradley has always fit best; it’s where, they say, his power repertoire gives him the best chance to succeed, a role in which whatever shortcomings he might have in terms of command or consistency with certain secondary pitches can more easily be overcome. As a reliever, he doesn’t have to worry about facing a hitter multiple times, doesn’t have to conserve energy for the later innings.
There’s also the argument of the value Bradley provides out of the bullpen – value more and more teams seem willing to exploit these days. There seems to be a growing number of versatile relievers capable of turning in multi-inning outings at various points in games; clubs like the Cincinnati Reds (Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen) and Houston Astros (Chris Devenski) have benefitted from them the past couple of seasons. If they wanted, the Diamondbacks could try to get 100 relief innings out of Bradley like the Astros did last year with Devenski.
And that’s not to mention the hole Bradley’s departure from the bullpen would create.
A shorter-term concern could be Bradley’s pitch count. He hasn’t topped 39 pitches since April 4, so there could be some trepidation in sending him back out as starter right away. That concern could be overcome by gradually building him back up, by scheduling extended relief outings over the next week or two, before plugging him back in as a starter.
But there’s little doubt the rotation is where Bradley would provide the most long-term value to the organization if he were able to carry over even some percentage of the stuff/success he’s had in a relief role. The question, perhaps, is whether the club truly believes that’s where Bradley’s future ought to be.
On Monday night, Lovullo said the Diamondbacks were still kicking around thoughts. He said the club’s decision-makers will continue to discuss scenarios, and that they probably won’t decide until after Tuesday night’s game at the earliest.
“We haven’t made a decision yet,” Lovullo said. “I’m going to walk in there tonight and we’ll probably have another conversation tomorrow. We’ll try to piece some thoughts together as far as what direction we’re going to go.”
Bradley is eager to find out, but he said he understands why it might not an easy decision.
“I can see it either way,” Bradley said. “That’s why they make those decisions. I just kind of do what they tell me.”
Padres at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (1-3, 3.27) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (2-2, 3.04).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
This is back-to-back starts against the Padres for Corbin, who took the loss last Thursday after giving up three runs in six innings; he has a 2.77 ERA over his last six starts against San Diego. … Corbin has allowed three runs or less in each of his four starts. … He won his last start at home, tossing six scoreless innings against the Indians. … Richard was solid his last time out against the Diamondbacks, limiting them to one run on nine hits through 6 2/3 innings; he’s pitched six innings or more in each of his four starts. … He’s also induced six double plays in that span. … Richard has a 3.77 ERA in his career against Arizona but has a 5.20 ERA at Chase Field.
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.57) vs. Padres RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.44).
Thursday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 3.42) vs. Padres RHP Jered Weaver (0-1, 3.91).
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (2-1, 3.32).
Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.