Diamondbacks make slew of roster moves, have COVID-19 situation

Jul 30, 2021, 3:39 PM | Updated: 4:56 pm
Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks makes a play on a foul ball during the third ...
Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks makes a play on a foul ball during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at Chase Field on April 13, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
(Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a handful of roster moves on Friday, reshuffling the roster after the trade deadline and a COVID-19 situation, per Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

The D-backs placed outfielder Stuart Fairchild, reliever Joe Mantiply, reliever Noe Ramirez, pitcher Riley Smith and first baseman/outfielder Pavin Smith on the injured list. Gambadoro reports that is in response to the COVID-19 situation. D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said before the team’s game on Friday that Fairchild and Ramirez both tested positive for the virus.

In addition, the team selected the contracts of reliever Miguel Aguilar, reliever Ryan Buchter, reliever Stefan Crichton and third baseman Drew Ellis from the Triple-A Reno Aces to go on the club’s 40-man roster.

Ellis, a second-round pick in 2017, has had a productive year with Triple-A Reno. He’s hitting .286 with 13 home runs, 52 RBIs, 21 doubles and an OPS of .950. He has yet to hit the major league level and will be taking Eduardo Escobar’s spot on the roster, per general manager Mike Hazen, after Escobar was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

On top of that, reliever J.B. Bukauskas was recalled from Reno and D-backs catcher Carson Kelly was reinstated from the 10-day injured list.

Hazen mentioned a reliever coming up to take the spot of the traded Joakim Soria, and that is presumably Bukauskas. In the majors this year, the right-hander has a 7.98 ERA across 14.2 innings.

Kelly across 60 games has a .260 average with eight home runs and 26 RBIs.

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