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LF Alfredo Marte has four hits, including three doubles, in 12 at-bats, since being recalled from Triple-A Reno on the most recent road trip. He has three RBIs, and he had a pinch-hit double in his only action in the three-game Washington series. "He swings the bat good," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He is aggressive. He has improved his defense in the outfield as well. He's a capable hitter off the bench. He's kind of what we needed offensively."
RHP Archie Bradley (right flexor strain), shut down since April 29, is expected to begin playing catch in four or five days, general manager Kevin Towers said. No further medical tests are scheduled, and the D-backs have no timetable on getting him back into a game. "Probably going to take it slow," Towers said. "There is no real rush. It depends on how he feels. It is going to take him a while to build his pitch count back up. I imagine he'll be in extended (spring training program) for some time to get him built up to 75-80 pitches." Bradley, 21, is the top pitching prospect in the Arizona system.
RHP Brandon McCarthy had his best start of the season Wednesday, giving up one run on two hits through eight innings, but did not get a decision in Arizona's 5-1 loss. He retired the first 12 batters before Washington SS Ian Desmond singled to open the fifth. The only other hit he allowed was RF Jayson Werth's home run in the seventh. "Some of the changes I wanted to make off last week I felt like I was able to execute," said McCarthy, who retired the first nine batters he faced against the Chicago White Sox on May 9 before giving up seven runs in the fourth inning. "Mostly it was just trying to stay a little bit less on the plate -- missing a little bit more intentionally." McCarthy has given up a team-high nine home runs, second in the National League.
RHP Brad Ziegler had not been scored upon in 19 appearances since April 4 before giving up four runs in the ninth inning of a 5-1 loss to Washington on Wednesday. He entered with a major-league-long 18 1/3 scoreless-inning streak. Ziegler leads the major leagues with 24 appearances, but he said fatigue was not an issue. "My body felt good, arm felt good," Ziegler said. "I felt like I had decent stuff. I just didn't execute my pitches well." His ERA went from 0.86 to 2.53.