After having a disappointing loss to the Cincinnati Reds 9-0 in the final spring training tune-up before Monday’s Opening Day action, the Arizona Diamondbacks made some final personnel tweaks by setting a 25-man roster before the Sunday deadline.
The moves made on Saturday affected a few players that had a decent enough chance to end up on the MLB team, but ultimately didn’t make the cut.
Outfielder Tony Campana, relief pitcher Joe Paterson and starting pitcher Randall Delgado were optioned to Triple-A Reno, while shortstop Willie Bloomquist was officially placed on the 15-day D.L. with an oblique strain. Cody Ross was also placed on the D.L. that was backdated ten days, so Ross would only miss first five games of the regular season. Outfielder Adam Eaton was also placed on the D.L.
Among the players that made the 25-man roster include infielder Josh Wilson, starting pitcher Patrick Corbin and reliever Tony Sipp (who won the final bullpen spot).
One notable result of the Saturday’s roster decision is that of outfielder Alfredo Marte. Marte, who was sent to minor league camp earlier in spring training and then was recalled back to the Diamondbacks camp due to the injuries the club suffered to their outfield.
An analysis of these roster choices: I was hoping to see Campana make the big league roster. The Diamondbacks do have an abundance of outfielders (with A.J. Pollock and Gerardo Parra already earning two of the outfield spots), but Campana showcased his speed and was impressive during camp. Corbin deserved the opportunity to be named the Diamondbacks fifth starter. Corbin pitched so well that Arizona had but no choice to make him part of the opening day roster.
Hopefully Campana will end up making an appearance on the Diamondbacks later on this season, if he can show the glimmer of effectiveness he demonstrated with the Chicago Cubs.
With the 25-man roster set, the Diamondbacks will now wait until Monday to take on the St.Louis Cardinals in Ian Kennedy‘s third opening day start.
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