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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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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Torey Lovullo on Diamondbacks’ loss to Phillies
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Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offensive outburst
Zack Godley on strong outing at Coors Field
D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker on win over Rockies
Torey Lovullo after blowout win vs. Rockies
Torey Lovullo on decision to stick with Zack Greinke
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Rey Fuentes on hitting his first career home run
Robbie Ray on his outing vs. Phillies
Manager Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ sixth consecutive win
Jake Lamb on D-Backs’ latest win over Phillies
Torey Lovullo talks about his late father’s support, guidance
Torey Lovullo on his father’s job in television
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ come-from-behind win over Phillies
Gregor Blanco discusses his game-tying homer vs. Phillies
Patrick Corbin on his performance vs. Phillies
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ latest one-run win
Taijuan Walker on his first outing back from the disabled list
David Peralta on his go-ahead homer in win over Tigers
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ win over Tigers
Robbie Ray on D-Backs’ win over Brewers
Paul Goldschmidt on grand slam, offensive outburst
Godley on taking advantage of opportunity after D-Backs win
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ win over Brewers
Randall Delgado on his rough outing against Brewers
Lovullo on Diamondbacks’ loss to Brewers
Chris Iannetta on his career-high 7 RBIs vs. Padres
Diamondbacks relief pitcher J.J. Hoover had been experiencing discomfort in his right shoulder long enough to know something wasn’t quite right. After pitching an inning on Thursday in Denver against the Rockies, the Diamondbacks decided to get to the bottom of it.
On Friday, the team placed the right-hander on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation and promoted right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A Reno to take his spot in the bullpen. De La Rosa has been fighting his way back from his own arm problems, recovering from a torn elbow ligament that forced him to miss most of all of last season.
“I’m great. I’m 100 percent ready to go,” De La Rosa said.
De La Rosa, who had been a starting pitcher for most of his career, has worked entirely out of the pen this season. Between stints at Class A Visalia and Reno, he posted a 1.96 ERA over 17 appearances with 25 walks against just four walks. He did not allow a run over his last eight outings for Reno.
He’ll be eased into his relief role here, manager Torey Lovullo said.
“Rubby will be asked to come into the game in some low-leverage situations,” Lovullo said. “We’re going to integrate him slowly the best that we can. Obviously, things change based on the needs of the game, but for right now, we’re going to make sure we don’t ask him to do anything more than he’s ready to do.
“I think there’s a natural tendency to get back to this level that he’s worked so hard to get back to and maybe do too much. And we don’t want that to be the case. We want him to be integrated as simply and as seamlessly as possible.”
De La Rosa said he’s had no issues at all with his elbow and was fortunate to avoid undergoing surgery. He stuck to his rehab, and that’s what allowed him to have success in Reno.
“Yeah, yeah, yeah. Absolutely,” De La Rosa said. “Everything feels good. My arm, body, mental – everything feels good and normal.”
As for Hoover, he had been trying to tough out his shoulder problem, but it was determined he needs to take a break and give it some rest.
“Something has been nagging and bothering him, and he’s been trying to grind through it and continue to work and pitch and do the things that we’re asking him to do,” Lovullo said, “but we just figured it was the best thing for him at this moment to let him get ahead of things.”
Lovullo couldn’t say if 10 days will be long enough for Hoover to get healthy. There are some concerns it could be an extended stay on the DL.
“It’s hard to say at this time,” Lovullo said. “It’s going to be a little time down to get some strength, rest his shoulder and get some strength back in that area. That’s the most important thing right now.”
In another roster move, the Diamondbacks designated catcher Oscar Hernandez for assignment, meaning they have 10 days to trade him, release him outright or re-sign him to a minor-league deal should he clear waivers.
Delgado gets starting nod
Lovullo said there is absolutely nothing wrong with Taijuan Walker and that the right-hander hasn’t developed any more blister issues on his finger.
Walker, however, is having his scheduled start skipped this weekend and will be replaced by reliever Randall Delgado, who did an admirable job when asked to fill in for Walker in recent weeks.
“We’re going to ask Randall to step in on Sunday and start a game, which is going to enable us to give extra rest to guys,” Lovullo said. “We have to remember how important this group of five, six guys that are our starting pitchers are and how important rest is to them. We’re going to ask them to perform at this level all the way through the end of September, and as an organization, we believe in rest and this will give guys that extra time.”
- Center fielder A.J. Pollock was scratched from his scheduled rehab game Friday with Reno and, instead, went through an aggressive work day on and off the field. The plan now is for him to back off of activity on Saturday and play for Reno on Sunday if all goes well. Pollock is on the disabled list with a groin strain but recently had a setback when he also suffered a tight right quad.
- Catcher Chris Herrmann is dealing with an issue in his right hand that seems to affect him the most when he’s batting. He is scheduled to start Saturday’s game and catch Robbie Ray. “I had a small conversation with him today and he said he feels OK,” Lovullo said Friday. “It’s just from time to time, he’ll take a swing and it gets his attention.”
- Left fielder Yasmany Tomas (right groin) is making improvements and took batting practice with the team on Friday, in addition to doing some base-running progressions and some fielding work. There is no timetable for his return, however.
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