ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

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.

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Daulton Varsho leaps in vain for a triple hit by Pittsburgh Pira...
Kellan Olson

Bizarre double play, replay review costs Diamondbacks in loss to Pirates

The D-backs loaded the bases with nobody out down 6-3 in the ninth inning against the Pirates before one of the strangest plays of the year.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Marc...
Arizona Sports

Larry Fitzgerald, Pedro Gomez in 2022 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald and late journalist Pedro Gomez are among the 2022 class entering the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
1 day ago
Tommy Henry #47 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first inning pitch against the Pittsburgh Pi...
Kellan Olson

D-backs starting pitching stays hot, Henry’s first W takes down Pirates

Diamondbacks rookie Tommy Henry continued the strong run of form from the team's starting pitching lately in a win over the Pirates.
2 days ago
Pittsburgh Pirates' Rodolfo Castro, left, watches along with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Bar...
Haboob Blog

Pirates’ Rodolfo Castro loses phone while sliding into 3rd base at Chase Field

Now here's something you don't see very often on the diamond: a cell phone popping out of a players back pocket mid-game.
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks' Cooper Hummel dives in vain for a double hit by Colorado Rockies' Connor Joe ...
Arizona Sports

Diamondbacks recall OF Cooper Hummel, option C Jose Herrera

The Diamondbacks called up Cooper Hummel from Triple-A and said they optioned backup catcher Jose Herrera to the minor league squad.
2 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zac Gallen throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the f...
Arizona Sports

Zac Gallen’s terrific outing propels Diamondbacks over Pirates

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen dominated the Pirates with seven efficient innings on Monday at Chase Field.
3 days ago
Diamondbacks make slew of roster moves, have COVID-19 situation