7:05PM: Proper-hander Chris Devenski has additionally been sidelined, because the D’Backs introduced that Devenski is headed to the 60-day injured checklist attributable to a sprained proper UCL. Left-hander Joe Mantiply’s contract has been chosen from Triple-A to take Devenski’s place on each the energetic roster and 40-man roster.
6:49PM: Each Kelly and supervisor Torey Lovullo instructed reporters (together with MLB.com’s Jake Rill) that they’re hopeful Kelly will have the ability to return shortly after his 10-day minimal absence.
5:48PM: The Diamondbacks introduced that catcher Carson Kelly and righty J.B. Bukauskas have been positioned on the 10-day injured checklist. Kelly is affected by a tuft fracture in his large left toe, whereas Bukauskas has a proper elbow flexor pressure. In corresponding strikes, right-hander Yoan Lopez was referred to as up from Triple-A and infielder Domingo Leyba’s contract was chosen from Triple-A. To create a 40-man roster spot for Leyba, Kole Calhoun was moved to the 60-day IL.
It’s one other damaging harm blow to an Arizona workforce that has positioned Zac Gallen, Christian Walker, and Asdrubal Cabrera on the IL simply in the previous few days, and the D’Backs have already been with out Calhoun and Ketel Marte for almost all of the season.
Kelly’s loss is especially robust, because the catcher has hit a scorching .338/.491/.613 over his first 110 plate appearances of the season. Whereas Kelly has loved some BABIP luck (.344) and isn’t posting memorable hard-hit ball numbers, he’s additionally doing an impressive job at getting on base and making contact. Kelly’s .491 OBP leads the Nationwide League, and he has extra walks (23) than strikeouts (16).
Relying on the severity of the fracture, Kelly’s absence might both be comparatively brief or quite prolonged. Stephen Vogt might now assume beginning catching duties with Kelly out, or the D’Backs might discover giving prime prospect Daulton Varsho extra of a glance behind the plate. Since making his MLB debut final season, Varsho has made 11 whole appearances at catcher, however he has solely performed the place as soon as in 2021. Given Varsho’s skill to play the outfield, the Diamondbacks might kind of break up his taking part in time between catcher and outfield every time Vogt wants a break.
Bukauskas made his Main League debut this season, and has posted an 8.31 ERA out of Arizona’s bullpen over his first 8 2/3 innings within the Present. Whereas the righty has given up quite a lot of arduous contact, his ERA isn’t fairly indicative of how he has pitched — Bukauskas has a way more respectable 3.64 SIERA, as he has been hampered by an abnormally low 54.8% strand charge and an abnormally excessive .433 BABIP. Bukauskas the fifteenth total choose of the 2017 draft, and was despatched to the D’Backs from the Astros as a part of the Zack Grienke commerce in 2019.
Leyba was additionally a commerce pickup for Arizona, coming to the group from the Tigers together with Robbie Ray as a part of the three-team commerce in 2014 that noticed Shane Greene go to Detroit and Didi Gregorius to the Yankees. Leyba made a strong accounting of him by hitting .280/.367/.440 in 30 PA throughout his 2019 rookie season, however missed all of 2020 attributable to an 80-game PED suspension.
Leyba has loads of expertise as a shortstop, second baseman, and third baseman, so he represents a flexible asset for the Diamondbacks as they work out the best way to juggle their roster amidst all these accidents. Speculatively, Leyba might present infield depth if Josh Rojas sees extra time within the outfield on account of Varsho getting extra catching begins.