Sunday, October 1 2023

The Arizona Diamondbacks conclude their road trip and series at the Texas Rangers with an 11:05 a.m. start on Wednesday. The game can be seen on Bally Sports Arizona.

Diamondbacks designate slugger Seth Beer for assignment

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Diamondbacks designated slugger Seth Beer for assignment on Wednesday, a move that potentially cuts ties with one of the players the team received as part of the Zack Greinke trade.

Beer has not hit well since undergoing shoulder surgery late in the 2021 season. He was hitting .200/.266/.314 with two homers in Triple-A Reno, where he had six walks and 23 strikeouts.

Beer came to the Diamondbacks from the Houston Astros in the July 2019 trade for Greinke. The Diamondbacks also acquired infielder Josh Rojas and right-handers Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas, who is no longer with the organization.

Prior to the trade, Beer had done nothing but hit throughout his college and professional career. At the time of the deal, Beer was hitting .309/.410/.564 with 25 homers split between High-A and Double-A.

He continued to hit in Reno before earning a September call-up in 2021. He homered in his first at-bat in the majors, and hit well over the next couple of days before suffering a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery.

He struggled in both Reno and the majors last year, issues that stretched into this season.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Brandon Pfaadt, the club’s top pitching prospect who is scheduled to make his major league debut on Wednesday vs. the Texas Rangers.

Right-hander Peter Solomon was optioned to Triple-A Reno to make room for Pfaadt on the active roster. That brings the Diamondbacks down to seven relievers, something the club is comfortable with for the time being, manager Torey Lovullo said, adding that the team likely will get back to eight relievers soon.

Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll sitting again but return appears imminent

ARLINGTON, Texas — Outfielder Corbin Carroll was out of the lineup for a third consecutive game on Wednesday, but the Diamondbacks’ rookie appears to be nearing a return to the field in some capacity.

With trainers and coaches watching, Carroll ran in the outfield on Wednesday morning. If it were a test, it sounded as if he passed.

“The medical team said that everything checked out just fine,” Lovullo said. “He should be available off the bench today. That’s just the natural progression. There were a few more boxes we wanted to check to make sure that he was going to be OK if he was thrust into a certain situation.”

Lovullo said that if he were to use Carroll he likely would not want him to play, say, five full innings. He wants his return to action, at least at this point, to be more gradual.

“We want it to be a nice progression to get back into playing every day,” Lovullo said.

Lovullo said he is hoping Carroll will be back in the starting lineup on Friday, when the club begins a weekend series with the Washington Nationals.

Wednesday’s Diamondbacks-Rangers pitching matchup

RHP Brandon Pfaadt (2-1, 3.91)* vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (2-2, 4.38)

Pfaadt will be making his major-league debut. He is the highest-ranked pitching prospect in the organization and is ranked No. 23 on Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects list. … He throws a lively fastball in the 93-94 mph range that has both rise and cutting action as well as a slider that is a true swing-and-miss offering. He also has a change-up and curveball. … He gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings in his first outing of the year in Triple-A Reno but has posted a 2.49 ERA in four starts since. … Heaney gave up three runs in six innings against the Yankees in his most recent start. … Heaney gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his first start of the year but has posted a 2.05 ERA in four starts since. … Heaney throws a fastball in the 92 mph range along with a slider and change-up. … He is a 10-year veteran but this will be his first career regular-season start against the Diamondbacks.

*Stats from Triple-A Reno.

Tuesday recap: D-Backs fall to Rangers, but get good news on Corbin Carroll

Coming up

Thursday: Off.

Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Merrill Kelly (2-3, 3.06) vs. Nationals RHP Chad Kuhl (0-2, 9.41).

Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Tommy Henry (1-0, 6.52) vs. Nationals RHP Josiah Gray (2-4, 2.67 ERA).

Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Ryne Nelson (1-2, 6.39) vs. Nationals LHP MacKenzie Gore (3-2, 3.77).

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Arizona Diamondbacks Daily: News, notes from series finale at Rangers

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