ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

D-backs reinstate Taylor Clarke and Pavin Smith, DFA Josh Reddick

Aug 5, 2021, 12:14 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks' Pavin Smith points to the sky as he arrives at home plate after hitting a hom...
Arizona Diamondbacks' Pavin Smith points to the sky as he arrives at home plate after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks defeated the Pirates 6-4. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a slew of roster moves ahead of their Thursday game against the San Francisco Giants.

The D-backs reinstated pitcher Taylor Clarke and first baseman/outfielder Pavin Smith from the injured list.

In order to make room on the roster, the D-backs designated outfielder Josh Reddick for assignment, optioned pitchers Riley Smith and J.B. Bukauskas and outrighted Ty Tice to Triple-A Reno.

“First of all, those are hard decisions, when you DFA somebody Josh Reddick, tough discussions,” manager Torey Lovullo said pregame on Thursday.

Reddick, a 13-year veteran, will now have to clear waivers to remain with the team. Otherwise he could be picked up by a team looking for an extra outfield bat down the playoff stretch.

“It’s just the direction we were going, wanting to give some of the younger players an opportunity,” Lovullo said. “Hopefully this gives him a chance to catch on with someone who is contending.”

As for the reinstated players, the D-backs add two key contributors to the squad this season.

Clarke has pitched 33.2 innings this season, logging 32 strikeouts, nine walks, a 3.74 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. He ranks fifth on the team with four holds out of the bullpen.

He was sidelined with a strained muscle in his right throwing shoulder, last appearing in a game on June 14.

Smith was sent to the injured list due to a COVID-19 situation amongst the team.

He leads the team in hits with 93, including nine home runs, 47 runs scored and 32 RBI.

MORE RETURNS ON THE WAY

Lovullo also hinted that infielder Josh Rojas could be in line for a rehab stint soon.

He said Rojas took five live at bats on Wednesday and is with the team for the game against the Giants.

“If he has a good day, we’re targeting a departure to get him to a rehab stint in Reno,” Lovullo said.

Rojas leads the team in doubles on the season with 22 and ranks tied for first in runs with 50.

Rojas was placed on the 10-day IL on July 24 with a dislocated left pinky finger.

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

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.
1 day 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.
1 day 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.
1 day 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.
2 days ago
Edwin Uceta #66 of the Arizona Diamondbacks looks on after an error scored Mookie Betts #50 of the ...
Arizona Sports

D-backs recall RHP Edwin Uceta from Triple-A Reno, place LHP Kyle Nelson on IL

The D-backs on Monday placed LHP Kyle Nelson on the 15-day injured list and recalled RHP Edwin Uceta from Triple-A Reno.
2 days ago
Mark Melancon #34 and Jose Herrera #36 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate a 6-4 win against the ...
Jake Anderson

Mark Melancon picks up save, D-backs rally late to win series over Rockies

Mark Melancon picked up his 15th save of the season as the D-backs rallied to beat the Rockies 6-4 on Sunday to clinch the series victory.
3 days ago
D-backs reinstate Taylor Clarke and Pavin Smith, DFA Josh Reddick