MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH
The Diamondbacks' bullpen has labeled Paul Goldschmidt "America's First Baseman," and they have the red-on-black t-shirts to promote their man. Reliever Josh Collmenter came up with the idea after Goldschmidt's fast start.
The shirt is a tribute to Goldschmidt's guy-next-door image, his Texas roots ... and his production. He has 19 home runs and a National League-leading 65 RBIs, and he seems a lock to make his first All-Star Game next month. One Las Vegas oddsmaking service installed him as the 5:1 favorite to win the NL MVP award two weeks ago.
"We thought 'Goldy' should have a shirt, with the start of the season he was off to. Not only hitting home runs, but hitting big clutch home runs," Collmenter told FOX Sports Arizona.
"Dallas was America's Team, and he's from Texas. So, America's first baseman. He's a square-jawed straight shooter. He kind of embodies what you would think of America. So we thought it was appropriate. A little Texas, a little America, and all pieced together."
Goldschmidt, a modest man who would much rather deflect praise than accept it, is grudgingly rolling with it.
"It's a long season. Guys like to have fun, mix it up a little bit. If it's not that, it will be something else with somebody else. If guys like it, it is fine with me," he said with a smile.
Goldschmidt snapped a 4-for-39 funk with home runs in the final two games of the Miami series earlier this week, hitting a walkoff homer in the ninth inning of a 3-2 victory in the second game of the series Tuesday. He followed with a two-homer game Friday, including a tie-breaking two-run shot in a four-run fifth inning of an 11-5 victory.
In his second full season, Goldschmidt is hitting .422 with runners in scoring position and he leads the NL in RBI ratio, averaging one every 4.2 at-bats. He is tied for third in the NL in homers, four behind Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, the other top contender for NL MVP honors at this point of the season.
Goldschmidt, who went 1-for-3 in a loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, signed a five-year, $32 million contract extension two days before the start of the season that will keep him with the D'backs through 2019 if the team accepts a final-year option, a deal is more of a bargain for the franchise every day.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Tuesday -- Diamondbacks (Trevor Cahill, 3-8, 3.92) at Nationals (Gio Gonzalez, 3-3, 3.34)
--2B Aaron Hill (fractured left hand) will be activated for the 10-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Washington, manager Kirk Gibson said after the game. Hill had nine hits and six RBIs in six rehab games at Triple-A Reno. "It's been a long time. It'll be fun to get back with the guys and get on a roll here. I can't wait," Hill said. He has been on the disabled list since April 15 after being hit on the top of the hand by a pitch from Pirates RHP James McDonald on April 9. Hill had three hits, including a triple, in his final rehab game Saturday.
--RHP Randall Delgado gave up four runs, three earned, in five innings of a 4-2 loss on Sunday, but he pitched well enough in his second start of the season that manager Kirk Gibson said Delgado will start the Friday game at Atlanta on the upcoming 10-day trip. Delgado gave up two home runs in the first inning, but "he threw the ball pretty good," Gibson said. "Delgado looks like he will start again Friday."
--INF Cliff Pennington was 1-for-4 with a single and a run while starting at third base Sunday, the first time he had played third since Aug. 30, 2008, his rookie year with Oakland. IF/OF Martin Prado, who had played 75 of the first 76 games, got a day off, giving him two in a row counting Monday's travel day.
--RHP Trevor Cahill will make his 16th start of the season Tuesday after a scare in his last outing, when he suffered a right hip contusion after being struck by a line drive from Florida OF Marcell Ozuna in the first inning. Cahill threw three pitches in the second inning before being replaced as a precautionary measure. Cahill, who has given up 22 earned runs in his last 29 1/3 innings, is 1-1 with a 3.38 in two career starts against the Nationals.
--LHP Joe Paterson was optioned to Triple-A Reno after Sunday's game to make room for 2B Aaron Hill on the roster. Paterson was 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA in two appearances since being recalled when LHP Matt Reynolds went on the disabled list June 10. He gave up two hits, hit three and struck out two in two appearances.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "His slider is a little different than any other slider you see. It has a lot of depth to it, just comes in hard and goes straight down. He located it really well." -- Manager Kirk Gibson on Reds RHP Matt Latos.
MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - ROSTER REPORT
--3B Eric Chavez (slight right oblique tear) went on the disabled list May 31. He is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno on June 24.
--RHP Brandon McCarthy (right shoulder inflammation) went on the disabled list retroactive to May 31. McCarthy is scheduled to throw a bullpen June 24, which would be his second in four days, and will progress a rehab assignment. He remains on track to return in July. Unrelated to his elbow, McCarthy suffered a seizure on June 3 related to being hit in the head on a line drive last September. He was taken to a local hospital and put on anti-seizure medication before being cleared to resume his rehabilitation. He said the only residual effect was that the front half of his tongue is numb.
--RHP J.J. Putz (right elbow UCL strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 8. He struck out the side in his second rehab appearance at Triple-A Reno on Thursday and is scheduled to pitch back-to-back games at Reno on June 24 and June 25 before rejoining to the D'backs.
--CF Adam Eaton (left elbow ligament) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He appeared in 16 minor-league games on a rehab assignment before being shut down again with discomfort in the elbow. A second opinion by specialist Dr. James Andrews confirmed the D'backs' diagnosis that he will not require surgery. Eaton is expected to join Class A Visalia on a rehab assignment June 26, where he will serve as a DH while continuing to strengthen his arm.
--2B Aaron Hill (fractured left hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 15. Hill hit safely in all six games on a rehab assignment, and manage Kirk Gibson said he will be activated June 25, when the D'backs open a 10-game East Coast trip that begins Tuesday in Washington.
--RHP Daniel Hudson (Tommy John surgery in July 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 20. He re-tore the UCL in his left elbow in his first minor-league rehab start on June 10 and is to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
--LHP Matt Reynolds (slight tear of left UCL) went on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. A second opinion from specialist Dr. James Andrews confirmed the D-backs' diagnosis that no surgery is required, but he is expected to miss 2-to-3 months.
RHP Trevor Cahill
LHP Wade Miley
LHP Patrick Corbin
RHP Randall Delgado
RHP Ian Kennedy (suspended)
RHP Heath Bell (closer)
RHP David Hernandez
RHP Brad Ziegler
LHP Tony Sipp
RHP Josh Collmenter
RHP Will Harris
RHP Zeke Spruill
1B Paul Goldschmidt
2B Martin Prado
SS Didi Gregorius
3B Willie Bloomquist
INF Cliff Pennington
LF Jason Kubel
CF Gerardo Parra
RF Cody Ross
OF A.J. Pollock
OF Eric Hinske