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MLB: Colorado Rockies at San Diego Padres

Ryan McMahon, Rockies look to keep Diamondbacks reeling

August 5, 2022, 11:53 AM

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Ryan McMahon has endured an underwhelming season, but his bat is heating up as the Colorado Rockies open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night in Phoenix.

McMahon homered and matched his career best of five RBIs in Thursday's 7-3 win over the San Diego Padres. He has three straight two-hit outings and went 7-for-15 during the five-game series against the Padres after finishing July in a 2-for-28 funk.

McMahon hit a two-run double in the third inning and a three-run homer in the fifth on Thursday. Both blows were against San Diego All-Star Joe Musgrove as the Rockies halted a five-game losing streak.

"That was good for Ryan," Rockies manager Bud Black told reporters. "We've seen a couple good swings in a couple games here. I like the fact the first hit was a fastball in -- he barreled it up, hit it into the corner. That's a good sign, Mac getting on the fastball. And then he got the hanging breaking ball for the three-run home run, which was a game-changer for us. Good for Mac."

There hasn't been enough ‘Good for Mac' chatter this season.

Thursday's homer was just the ninth of the season for McMahon, who hit a career-best 24 in 2019 and 23 last season.

McMahon, who is batting .241 with 49 RBIs this season, is in the first season of a six-year, $70 million deal, has openly acknowledged his performance has been disappointing.

"I got to have a nice little talk with Buddy before the series," McMahon, 27, said after Colorado avoided a five-game sweep to the Padres. "He kind of brought it back down to Earth. ‘Just go focus on these things and play, and don't worry about it.'

"I just had some good reminders. We get caught up, we see different things in this game, and we start worrying about the wrong stuff, instead of just being a good teammate playing good baseball every day."

Thursday's win was just the Rockies' fourth in the past 16 games.

The Diamondbacks are coming off a 1-5 trip to Atlanta and Cleveland. Arizona was swept in three games by the Braves and lost two of three to the Guardians.

Cleveland won Wednesday's series finale 7-4 when the Diamondbacks' runs came on two-run homers by Alek Thomas and Geraldo Perdomo. Arizona was just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring positions and struggled to make contact.

"We struck out 15 times," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "We've got to be better than that."

Arizona will start left-hander Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.83 ERA) in the series opener.

Bumgarner, who turned 33 on Monday, beat the Rockies on July 9 when he gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings. He is 19-10 with a 3.37 ERA in 40 career starts against Colorado.

Charlie Blackmon is batting .340 (18-for-53) with three homers against Bumgarner. Elias Diaz is 1-for-12, and McMahon is hitless in 12 at-bats.

Bumgarner lost to the Atlanta Braves on July 20 when he gave up five runs (four earned) and eight hits over six innings.

Colorado will counter with right-hander German Marquez (6-9, 5.29), who has lost his last two starts and four of six. The 27-year-old gave up five runs (four earned) and six hits over six innings while losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

Marquez beat the Diamondbacks on July 10 when he gave up two runs and three hits over seven innings. He is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in two starts this season and stands 6-6 with a 3.92 ERA in 20 career starts and one relief appearance vs. Arizona.

Ketel Marte (11-for-37) and Christian Walker (5-for-21) each have two homers against Marquez.

The Rockies have won six of the 10 meetings with the Diamondbacks.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Arizona Republic

Nicole Hazen, wife of Diamondbacks GM, dies at 45

August 4, 2022, 5:57 PM

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Nicole Hazen, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, died Thursday of complications from cancer. She was 45.

She had been fighting glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, for more than two years.

"Nicole lived her life and loved her family with fierceness and devotion," the Hazen family said in a statement. "Glioblastoma slowly took her capacity to speak, walk, talk and lead but never took her capacity to love her children, family and friends. We are lost without her but will carry the torch of her unyielding empathy for everyone forward, from this day onward."

The Diamondbacks also remembered her in a team statement.

"Nicole was a beloved member of the D-backs' family, and we are saddened by her passing," the team said. "Nicole will be remembered for her vibrance, kindness, and a beautiful smile that could light up a room. Her fighting spirit was evident in every step of her courageous journey and in her efforts to make an impact on research and treatment, while providing future hope to those who receive a similar diagnosis. She will forever be remembered and honored."

She is survived by her husband and their four sons: Charlie, John, Teddy and Sam.

Mike Hazen took a leave of absence in June 2021 to care for his wife. Last September, the team launched the Nicole Hazen Fund for Hope to raise money for the treatment of brain cancer.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants

Royals trade Emmanuel Rivera to D-backs for Luke Weaver

August 2, 2022, 12:40 AM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks traded right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for third baseman Emmanuel Rivera on Monday.

Weaver, 28, made 12 appearances (one start) for the Diamondbacks this season and went 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA. In his three-plus seasons in Arizona, he went 9-19 with a 4.72 ERA.

The former first-round draft pick was selected by the Cardinals back in 2014 with the 27th overall pick. He spent the first three seasons of his career in St. Louis.

Rivera, 26, was in his second season with the Royals and is hitting .237 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 2022.

In addition to trading Weaver, the D-backs also recalled right-handed pitcher Taylor Widener from Triple-A Reno and activated him for Monday night's game against the Cleveland Guardians.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Milwaukee Brewers

Rockies OF Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis) heads to IL

August 2, 2022, 12:28 AM

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The Colorado Rockies placed left fielder Kris Bryant on the 10-day injured list Monday due to ongoing plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

It's the four-time All-Star's third stint on the IL this season after two previous stays due to back injuries.

Bryant missed the Rockies' game July 25 with soreness in the foot and visited a specialist the following day. He returned to the lineup that night and told reporters he was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.

Then, in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bryant left after five innings due to left foot soreness.

Bryant is batting .306 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 42 games this season, his first in Colorado after signing a seven-year, $182 million deal in the offseason.

The 2016 National League MVP with the Chicago Cubs has hit 172 career homers in 926 games with the Cubs (2015-21), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Rockies.

In a corresponding roster move, Colorado recalled infielder Alan Trejo from Triple-A Albuquerque. The 26-year-old played in 11 games for the Rockies earlier this season, batting .231 with one home run and six RBIs.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

Rockies' Kris Bryant (foot soreness) exits vs. Dodgers

July 31, 2022, 10:02 PM

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Colorado Rockies left fielder Kris Bryant departed Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after five innings due to left foot soreness.

Bryant missed Monday's game due to issues with the foot and visited a specialist the following day. He returned to play in Tuesday night's game and told reporters he is dealing with plantar fasciitis.

The 30-year-old Bryant was 0-for-2 with a walk and a run before exiting. He was replaced by Yonathan Daza.

Bryant is batting .306 with five homers and 14 RBIs in 42 games this season, his first in Colorado after signing a seven-year, $182 million deal in the offseason. The four-time All-Star has served two stints on the injured list this season due to back injuries.

The 2016 National League MVP with the Chicago Cubs has hit 172 career homers in 926 games with the Cubs (2015-21), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Rockies.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks

Reports: Rays acquire OF David Peralta from D-backs

July 30, 2022, 8:09 PM

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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder David Peralta from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for minor league catching prospect Christian Cerda, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

Peralta, 34, is in the final season of a three-year, $22 million extension and is set to be a free agent this winter. He is batting .248 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs in 87 games this season.

Peralta is a career .283 hitter with 110 homers and 468 RBIs in 961 games over nine seasons, all with the Diamondbacks.

Cerda, 19, was batting .315 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 20 games with the FCL Rays, the club's rookie ball affiliate.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Game Two-Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals

Reports: Rockies sign RHP Daniel Bard to 2-year extension

July 30, 2022, 7:48 PM

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The Daniel Bard comeback story is the gift that keeps giving after the right-hander agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract extension with the Colorado Rockies, multiple outlets reported on Saturday.

The deal effectively takes the 37-year-old off the trade market after the closer was drawing a wide range of interest.

Control issues limited Bard to two appearances for the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and his career appeared finished from there after five seasons in the American League. But after seven years out of baseball, Bard returned with the Rockies in 2020.

While he had a 3.65 ERA in 23 outings in 2020, that ballooned to 5.21 in 67 appearances last year, although he did record 20 saves. He is back on top of his game this season at 3-3 with a 1.91 ERA and 21 saves, although the Rockies' last-place standing made him a possible trade candidate.

Over eight major league seasons with the Red Sox and Rockies, Bard is 24-32 over 338 appearances (10 starts) and has 52 saves with 402 strikeouts in 385 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres

D-backs place LHP Tyler Gilbert (elbow) on 15-day IL

July 29, 2022, 8:04 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks placed left-hander Tyler Gilbert on the 15-day injured list Friday with a sprained elbow and recalled infielder Yonny Hernandez from Triple-A Reno.

Gilbert, 28, is 0-3 with a 5.24 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) this season.

He is 2-5 with a 4.12 ERA in 17 career appearances (13 starts) with Arizona.

Hernandez, 24, batted just .083 without an extra-base hit in 12 games with the Diamondbacks earlier this season.

He has a .198 batting average with five doubles in 55 games with the Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers over the past two seasons.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Arizona Republic

Report: D-backs top pick Druw Jones hurts shoulder, may miss season

July 26, 2022, 9:57 PM

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Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Druw Jones, the second overall pick of this month's MLB draft, injured his shoulder and could be done for the season, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Jones, 18, sustained the injury taking batting practice Monday during his first session with Arizona.

"It seems like he will be out for a little while," Diamondbacks farm director Josh Barfield told The Athletic. But he added that this isn't the type of injury that will "significantly impact his career."

The Athletic reported Jones was scheduled to meet with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Waslewski on Wednesday in Phoenix to figure out whether surgery would be needed.

Jones is the son of longtime Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones and starred at Wesleyan School, a prep school in Georgia. Jones batted .570 with 13 homers, 39 RBIs and 32 stolen bases during his senior season earlier this year.

Last week Arizona gave Jones a deal reportedly worth $8.185 million, briefly holding the record for a high school draftee. The Baltimore Orioles gave slightly more to No. 1 overall pick Jackson Holliday, also just out of high school.

--Field Level Media

Syndication: Arizona Republic

D-backs reinstate Ian Kennedy, DFA Dallas Keuchel

July 21, 2022, 6:46 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated right-hander Ian Kennedy from the 15-day injured list and designated left-hander Dallas Keuchel for assignment Thursday.

Kennedy, 37, landed on the IL on July 4 with inflammation in his right calf. The 16-year veteran is 3-4 this season with a 3.58 ERA and four saves in 32 relief appearances.

Keuchel, 34, was 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA in four starts for Arizona. The former Cy Young Award winner began the season with the Chicago White Sox but was designated for assignment after going 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA in eight starts.

Arizona also reinstated right-hander J.B. Bukauskas from the 60-day IL (strained right shoulder) and optioned him to Triple-A Reno.

Bukauskas, 25, made his major league debut last season and went 2-2 with a 7.79 ERA in 21 appearances out of the Diamondbacks' bullpen.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Atlanta Braves

Report: D-backs give No. 2 pick Druw Jones record bonus

July 19, 2022, 4:27 PM

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No. 2 overall draft pick Druw Jones agreed to a record-setting deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB Network reported Tuesday.

He will reportedly receive $8,185,100, topping the previous record bonus for a high school player of $7.7 million by the Kansas City Royals' Bobby Witt Jr. in 2019.

The 18-year-old Jones is a center fielder like his father, Andruw Jones, a five-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner with the Atlanta Braves.

The Diamondbacks chose Jones second overall in Sunday's draft following the Baltimore Orioles' selection of prep shortstop Jackson Holliday.

Jones batted .570 with 13 homers, 39 RBIs and 32 stolen bases during his 2022 senior season at Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, Ga.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Philadelphia Phillies

Diamondbacks recall RHP Edwin Uceta

July 10, 2022, 6:37 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks made a swap of right-handed pitchers on Sunday, recalling Edwin Uceta from Reno and optioning Sean Poppen to the Triple-A team.

Uceta, 24, has a 5.00 ERA in four games with the Diamondbacks this season, giving up six runs (five earned) in nine innings.

With Reno, he was 4-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 17 games (two starts), throwing 30 1/3 innings.

Poppen, 28, has appeared in 46 games for the Diamondbacks over the past two seasons. Arizona is his fourth team since 2019, when he made his major league debut. In his career, he is 2-3 with a 4.92 ERA.

This season, he is 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA. He has surrendered 12 runs (11 earned) on 24 hits and 11 walks in 25 1/3 innings over 26 games, all in relief. He has struck out 19.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks

Rockies' C.J. Cron hit on wrist by pitch, leaves game

July 9, 2022, 4:27 AM

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Colorado Rockies slugger C.J. Cron exited Friday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after being hit on his left wrist by a pitch in the top of the fifth inning.

The team announced later in the game that X-rays for broken bones were negative, and he was diagnosed with a wrist contusion.

Cron was batting with the bases loaded and was down 0-2 in the count when Diamondbacks right-hander Zac Gallen plunked him with a 94 mph fastball.

Cron immediately jumped in the air and grabbed the hand, then dropped down to one knee in distress. Manager Bud Black and a team trainer came out to attend to him, and Cron soon departed and Connor Joe came in to pinch-run.

The hit-by-pitch tied the score at 4 and was Cron's team-best 66th RBI of the campaign. He also leads the Rockies with 20 homers and is batting .295.

Joe remained in the contest at first base.

Cron is in his ninth major league season and has been with five teams. He is in his second season with the Rockies. He began the night with a .265 career batting average to go with 166 home runs and 530 RBIs.

Also, Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias departed in the top of the sixth with a possible neck/head injury after colliding with Arizona catcher Jose Herrera on a play at the plate. Iglesias was safe on the play. Herrera had his knee examined and remained in the game.

Garrett Hampson replaced Iglesias at shortstop. Iglesias appeared woozy while being treated in the dugout.

Iglesias, who is in his 11th season, is in his first season with the Rockies, his fifth major league team. He began the night with a career .278 batting average with 46 home runs, 342 RBIs. He went 2-for-3 with a double to raise his season batting average to .297.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Arizona Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks activate re-acquired INF Sergio Alcantara

July 7, 2022, 10:50 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks activated re-acquired infielder Sergio Alcantara, and he will be available for Thursday night's game against the Colorado Rockies in Phoenix.

The Padres claimed Alcantara off waivers from the Diamondbacks on May 9, and Arizona re-claimed him on Tuesday when the Padres waived him.

Between the two teams, Alcantara, who turns 26 on Sunday, is batting .159 (14-for-88) with one homer and 10 RBIs in 45 games on the season.

In additional moves, the Diamondbacks optioned Jake Hager to Triple-A Reno and outrighted fellow infielder Cole Tucker to the same affiliate.

Hager, 29, batted .240 with three RBIs in 28 games for Arizona.

Tucker, 26, was claimed by Arizona off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates in early June. He hit .175 in 18 games and drove in two runs with Pittsburgh before the move, and has batted .235 with one homer and nine RBIs in 22 games for Reno.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies

D-backs claim INF Sergio Alcantara off waivers from Padres

July 5, 2022, 10:47 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed infielder Sergio Alcantara off waivers from their National League West rival San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Alcantara started the season with the Diamondbacks and was designated for assignment May 6. The Padres selected him off waivers May 9, and he played for San Diego until being DFA'd June 30.

Alcantara appeared at shortstop, third base and second base for both teams this year. He batted just .114 in 22 games for San Diego. In 23 games for Arizona at the start of the season, he managed a .189 average with one home run, one triple and seven RBIs.

The Diamondbacks also recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Gilbert from Triple-A Reno and designated right-hander J.B. Wendelken for assignment.

Gilbert went 0-3 with a 7.88 ERA in four appearances (three starts) for Arizona earlier this year.

--Field Level Media