24 July 2012
The Diamondbacks have made a couple of moves this week that no one could have predicted on Opening Day, as 3B Ryan Roberts and RHP Bryan Shaw are no longer on the Major League roster. Roberts was Designated for Assignment on Tuesday, after hitting just .250/.306/.357 this year. The team will have 10 days to try to work out a trade for Roberts, or they could place him on Waivers. Roberts has apparently been told that a trade is very close. Some teams that have been looking for help at 3B include the Rays and the Athletics. Roberts was a big surprise in 2011, batting .249/.341/.427, but the power and walks have been way down this year.
IF John McDonald was activated from the Disabled List to take Roberts' place. That means that 3B will be a combination of rookie Ryan Wheeler (left-handed) and Willie Bloomquist (right-handed), with McDonald also available to fill in. Stephen Drew will be the primary SS, with Bloomquist and McDonald also getting occasional starts at that position.
Earlier in the week, the Diamondbacks had added RHPs Takashi Saito and Brad Bergesen to the roster, and sent relievers Jonathan Albaladejo and Bryan Shaw to AAA. Shaw had been expected to be a key part of the bullpen, but his ERA had risen to 4.26, and he had walked 15 in 38 IP. Over his last six outings, he had allowed 10 Hits and 10 Runs (8 ER) in just 4.1 IP, while walking 4 and striking out only 3.