Right fielder J.D. Martinez was introduced at Chase Field on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about a 12-2 win over the Reds on Thursday in which Patrick Corbin went 7 1/3 innings.
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin talks about pitching against the Reds on short notice on Thursday in Cincinnati.
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Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez talks about how his left hand feels after he was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night against the Reds.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-3 loss to the Reds on Wednesday night and the hit-by-pitch on new slugger J.D. Martinez.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke says his location on Wednesday night wasn’t as good as it has been in previous starts.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the Diamondbacks trade for J.D. Martinez and what it means.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s offensive breakout on Tuesday and about the potential impact of newly acquired slugger J.D. Martinez.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss Robbie Ray pitching for Diamondbacks and Josh Jackson’s transition to the Suns.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller weigh in on the Diamondbacks and ASU football in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Godley’s performance on Sunday in a 7-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
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Zack Godley turned in his first bad start of the year, giving up seven runs (six earned) in six innings against the Braves on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin threw well, but was lifted early for a pinch-hitter on Saturday night vs. the Braves.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Randall Delgado talked about a borderline pitch to Dansby Swanson that went against him, and the pitch Lane Adams hit for a bases-clearing double.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his bullpen’s struggles in Saturday night’s 8-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves. sports, baseball, diamondbacks, dbacks, mlb,
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about pitching to Freddie Freeman in the eighth inning and letting Taijuan Walker hit in the sixth.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his performance on the mound and at the plate against the Braves on Friday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Nick Piecoro discuss what the Diamondbacks need to do to win the division.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Sarah McLellan talk about the playoff odds for the Diamondbacks and the Suns as well as a big upcoming fight in our Shot Clock video.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Patrick Corbin and center fielder A.J. Pollock react to the loss.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s loss to the Reds.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the win.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Arizona Diamondbacks closer situation and more in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney did not retire a batter on Thursday night as the Dodgers rallied from a three-run deficit to win 5-4 at Dodger Stadium.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Fernando Rodney’s blown save and his team’s gut-wrenching loss to the Dodgers on Thursday night.
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Lefty Robbie Ray talks about his performance vs. the Dodgers in the Diamondbacks’ 5-4 loss on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about lefty Alex Wood’s performance in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley gave up one run in 5 2/3 innings in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco talks about Dodgers lefty Alex Wood’s outing and his team’s few chances to score in a 1-0 loss on Wednesday.
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Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss how the Suns handled free agency in a loaded West and the Diamondbacks’ options when it comes to rolling the dice on the trade market with the Dodgers in command of the West.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about breaking up Clayton Kershaw’s no-hit bid with an infield single.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
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Diamondback manager Torey Lovullo, shortstop Ketel Marte and starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discuss Sunday’s 4-3 walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. With the game tied in the ninth inning, Marte produced a game-winning single.
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Diamondbacks Jake Lamb, Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray and Paul Goldschmidt discuss being named to the MLB All-Star Game in Miami. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley talks about Zack Greinke’s strong outing in a 6-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke said “a lot of things were going good” in his outing vs. Rockies on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray walked five in six innings, but he said he didn’t think he was missing by much on Friday night vs. the Rockies.
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Chris Owings discusses the Diamondbacks’ 6-3 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo talks loss to St. Louis.
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Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen says plans for a humidor at Chase Field have been pushed back to next year.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, who was ejected in the third inning, and starting pitcher Zack Godley discuss the Diamondbacks’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals at Chase Field on Wednesday. Richard Morin/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Analyst Tony La Russa reflects on his life in baseball during an interview at Chase Field in Phoenix on Wednesday. Tom Tingle/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo updates Yasmany Tomas and A.J. Pollock injuries before Wednesday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Chris Herrmann hit a walkoff single to lead the Diamondbacks past the Cardinals at Chase Field on Tuesday. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s latest comeback, walkoff win in the 10th inning against the Cardinals on Tuesday. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Herrmann batted leadoff for the first time in his career, and he connected for a home run in the first inning in Monday’s 6-1 win.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke needed 102 pitches to get through five innings of a 6-1 win over the Phillies on Monday.
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Manager Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ latest win over the Phillies on Monday at Chase Field. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks only got five innings out of starter Zack Greinke, but went on to a 6-1 win over the Phillies to close out a four-game home series on Monday.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right fielder Chris Owings and infielder Daniel Descalso react to the 2-1 win.
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A video recap of the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 win in extra innings over the Phillies on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray on his start against the Phillies on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo speaks with the media following Arizona’s 6-1 loss to the Phillies on Friday at Chase Field.
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Manager Torey Lovullo on the Diamondbacks’ win over the Phillies on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo thought his team made a statement with its series victory over the Rockies this week.
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Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about his team’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss on Friday.
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Zack Godley talks about the importance of shutdown innings after going seven innings to beat the Rockies on Thursday.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker threw six innings and his offense did the rest in a 16-4 win at Coors Field on Wednesday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 10-run fourth inning against the Rockies on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo explains why he stuck with Zack Grienke in the eighth inning on Tuesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about how his outing against the Rockies got away from him on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
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Both the Diamondbacks and Rockies overcame deficits in the eighth inning, with Colorado pulling out a 4-3 win on Tuesday.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss the Diamondbacks’ upcoming three-game series against the Rockies and Diana Taurasi becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the home run Rey Fuentes hit to help beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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Rey Fuentes’ first career home run was a big one, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray talks about why he wasn’t at his best on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday evening. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb drove in a run on Saturday to help the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 5-1. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his late father’s support and guidance and how that relates to the Diamondbacks’ success this season. David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his unusual upbringing, given his father’s job in television with the TV show “Hee Haw.” David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s comeback over the Phillies, including Gregor Blanco’s key two-run home run.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco cracked a game-tying home run in the seventh inning on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin beat the Phillies on Friday night, his first road win since June 21, 2016.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Taijuan Walker’s return from the DL and Randall Delgado’s relief performance in a win over the Tigers.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just one run in five innings in his first start back from the disabled list after missing nearly a month with a blister.
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Outfielder David Peralta discusses his go-ahead home run in the Diamondbacks’ wild 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ back-and-forth game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray speaks with the media following his team’s 11-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday. Richard Morin/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt speaks with reporters after a 11-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley discusses his performance in Arizona’s 3-2 win on Saturday at Chase Field. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s win over the Brewers on Saturday at home. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado reacts to Friday’s loss to the Brewers.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses Friday’s 8-6 loss to the Brewers
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta, batting in the No. 2 hole for the first time this season, homered and doubled twice, driving in seven runs in a win over the Padres, June 8, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks opened the game with three straight home runs off Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer and ended it with Brandon Drury’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-5 victory Friday night.
The home runs by David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb started the Diamondbacks on the way to a 5-0 lead.
The feat was the first in the majors since Baltimore did it against Texas in the bottom of the first on May 10, 2012.
It was the first time in Nationals history (2005 to present) that an opposing team has hit back-to-back-to-back home runs.
The Diamondbacks last hit three straight homers on Aug. 11, 2010, when they had four in a row at Milwaukee.
It was the most runs allowed by Scherzer in a first inning since July 2, 2011, against San Francisco, when he gave up five.
Scherzer’s five runs allowed tied for the most he’s given up in a start this season, and the five innings tied for his shortest outing of the season.
Arizona sent nine batters to the plate in the four-run first and the Diamondbacks made it 5-0 in the second on Lamb’s RBI double.
– Associated Press
Nationals tie it at 5
After adding a run in the sixth to move within 1, the Nationals finally tied the Diamondbacks at 5 in the eighth.
Right-hander Archie Bradley, in his second straight inning of work, gave up a leadoff double to Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy. The Diamondbacks were able to get Murphy out, catching him in a rundown, but an ensuing Matt Wieters double put a runner on third with just one out.
And that runner – Anthony Rendon – scored when shortstop Wilmer Difo grounded to first.
The Nationals pulled closer to the Diamondbacks in the fifth, adding a pair of runs.
With runners on second and third and just one out, center fielder Brian Goodwin grounded out to right-hander Zack Godley. But instead of throwing home to catch Matt Wieters trying to score, Godley threw to first for the out.
Washington made it 5-3 on a Ryan Raburn single, bringing up the tying run – right fielder Bryce Harper.
After a huddle with pitching coach Mike Butcher, Godley got Harper to strike out to end the inning.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer’s second time through the Diamondbacks order was much better than his first look, but he still struggled with two hitters:
A.J. Pollock and Jame Lamb.
After both players homered in the first as part of an impressive back-to-back-to-back start by the Diamondbacks, Pollock and Lamb doubled in the second to put Arizona up 5-0.
As for the Nationals’ hitters, they didn’t tally their first hit until the fourth – a double by Harper to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. Harper went on to score after a Daniel Murphy double off Godley.
Three in a row
The Diamondbacks had a historic start Friday against Scherzer, opening the game with three straight homers for the first time in club history.
Right fielder David Peralta started the streak with a leadoff shot to right. Pollock followed that up with a home run to left, and then Lamb smashed another home run to right.
It was the first time the Diamondbacks went back-to-back-to-back since Aug.11, 2010, when they smacked four straight homers against the Brewers in the fourth inning. The Diamondbacks were the first team to start the game with three homers in a row since the Orioles did it May 10, 2012, against the Rangers, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt continued the hit parade with a single up the middle before Scherzer finally retired No. 5 hitter Daniel Descalso, getting Descalso to strike out.
Arizona tacked on a fourth run on a single from catcher Jeff Mathis, with second baseman Brandon Drury scoring after he walked.
Scherzer finally escaped the inning when he got Godley to strike out.
Banda set for his debut
Since right-hander Taijuan Walker left earlier in the week for the birth of his son, the Diamondbacks have reconfigured their rotation by bumping up starters Patrick Corbin and Zack Godley to pitch a day earlier than they were scheduled.
But they’re poised to add a new name to the mix Saturday, positioning left-hander Anthony Banda to make his major-league debut against the Nationals.
“We feel this is the right situation for Anthony to come in and help us win a ballgame,” manager Torey Lovullo said.
Banda, who was acquired in the Gerardo Parra trade with the Brewers in 2014 and has been regarded as one of the team’s top prospects, has spent the entire season in Triple-A, going 7-5 with a 5.08 ERA. His last appearance with Reno was a dud, as he gave up seven runs off 15 hits in just five innings Monday against Salt Lake.
But the 23-year-old allowed three or fewer runs in his previous four starts and has cut back on walks, issuing only three in his past four games while striking out 17 in that span.
“Anthony’s been throwing the ball very well, outside of his last outing,” Lovullo said. “His walk-to-strikeout ratio was exceptional. He had three real good outings. I think overall, he’s been growing and learning. As a young pitcher, he’s been figuring out game planning, understanding how important attacking game plans are, and just growing as a young pitcher should in the minor leagues, and player development’s done a good job with him. I know April wasn’t a good month for him, but May seemed to really trend up and spike up.”
The Diamondbacks had yet to make Banda’s addition official but would have to make a corresponding roster move. Walker, who left before his scheduled start Thursday, won’t rejoin the team until next week as he remains on the paternity-leave list. His son and wife, Heather, are doing great, Lovullo said, and Walker was able to make it from Cincinnati to Phoenix in time for the birth of the couple’s first child.
He’s likely to return to the rotation Tuesday against the Braves.
Outfielder Rey Fuentes, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with a left thumb contusion, will be shut down for the next several days.
Fuentes was checked out by the team’s hand specialist and is dealing with laxity and discomfort in his thumb, Lovullo said. An X-ray did not reveal any breaks.
“We’re very thankful for that,” Lovullo said.
Right-hander Randall Delgado (elbow inflammation) remains idle, as he’s in the midst of not throwing for up to 15 days.
As for fellow right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, who’s been sidelined with shoulder inflammation, he was scheduled to throw a rehab game Friday with Reno.
Outfielder Yasmany Tomas (right groin tendinitis) still has “minimal discomfort with certain movements when he gets on his feet,” Lovullo said. Tomas hasn’t played since June 2 but has been staying active.
“He’s been in the batting cage,” Lovullo said. “He’s been hitting. He’s been throwing, and everything is trending in a very positive direction.”
Shortstop Nick Ahmed remains on the mend after fracturing his right hand in late June.
“He still has the pins in his hand, and we’re going to make sure we do everything at the appropriate time for him,” Lovullo said.
The Diamondbacks agreed to terms with five international signees, including outfielder Kristian Robinson – the No. 9 prospect by Baseball America from the 2017 international class.
Arizona also signed outfielder Jorge Barrosa, the 44th-ranked prospect by Baseball America from the 2017 international class, infielder Neyfy Castillo, catcher Sergio Gutierrez and infielder Liover Peguero.
Martinez undergoes MRI
Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez underwent an MRI on Friday on his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Wednesday, and the results came back negative.
It’s possible Martinez, who was acquired in a trade with the Tigers on Tuesday, makes his home debut Friday against the Nationals off the bench, as manager Torey Lovullo didn’t rule out Martinez’s availability.
“We’re very encouraged and thankful for the news that we got,” Lovullo said.
Martinez was hit by a pitch in his second at-bat Wednesday, suffering a left hand contusion. The team planned to put him through tests to gauge how he felt.
Left-hander Anthony Banda is poised to make his major-league debut Saturday, sliding into the rotation with right-hander Taijuan Walker remaining on the paternity-leave list.
Walker won’t return until after this weekend series against the Nationals, likely slotting back into the rotation Tuesday against the Braves.
David Peralta is batting leadoff for the Diamondbacks against the Nationals, with Jeff Mathis behind the plate for starting pitcher Zack Godley.
Nationals at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (3-4, 3.09) vs. Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (11-5, 2.01).
TV/Radio: FSAZ, FSAZ+/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
RHP Taijuan Walker’s placement on the paternity list has muddied up the club’s upcoming starters. LHP Patrick Corbin was supposed to start this game but he instead started Thursday. RHP Zack Godley and RHP Matt Koch appear to be the most likely candidates to take the ball. … Scherzer has had a tremendous 19-start run to open the season, pitching better than anyone in the majors. He leads the league in strikeouts (183 in 134 1/3 innings) and has the lowest WHIP (0.80) and the lowest hits per nine innings (5.1). … He faced the Diamondbacks on May 4, allowing just one run on two hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out 11. … He has made two starts at Chase Field since being traded away by the Diamondbacks after the 2009 season, giving up four runs in 15 innings with two walks and 17 strikeouts.
Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. Nationals RHP Tanner Roark (7-6, 4.98).
Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (9-4, 2.97) vs. Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg (10-3, 3.31).
Monday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (11-4, 2.97) vs. Braves RHP R.A. Dickey (6-6, 4.14).
Up next: Washington Nationals
Nationals update: The Diamondbacks haven’t seen the Nationals since early May, when they dropped two of three games in D.C. The Nationals, at 57-37, own the second-best record in the National League behind the Dodgers. They came out of the gates strong in the second half, winning five of their first six games. They’ve won 10 of 13 overall. They have the best offensive in the league, averaging 5.59 runs per game. They’re powered by four of the league’s best hitters in RF Bryce Harper (.337, 24 homers), 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.323, 20 homers), 3B Anthony Rendon (.318, 20 homers) and 2B Daniel Murphy (.337, 16 homers). Their pitching staff isn’t bad, either, particularly the rotation, which ranks third in the league with a 3.56 ERA. The bullpen has been another story. It ranks dead last in the league with a 5.32 ERA, though the Nationals attempted to bolster it with a recent trade to acquire RHP Ryan Madson and LHP Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics.