By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on June 13, 2014
The Arizona Diamondbacks are struggling so far this season, with a 29-40 record after Thursday night's loss to the Houston Astros. Injuries have played a big role, but any hopes they had of being a contender this year have likely disappeared already.
Here are five players the Diamondbacks can do without for the rest of the season.
Pennington is expected to be out until early August after undergoing thumb surgery recently. The Diamondbacks can now get an extended look at Didi Gregorius as a backup middle infielder.
Cahill was designated for assignment and sent down to High Class-A ball recently. He is likely to make it back to the big leagues at some point, especially since he's due to make $12 million next season, but Cahill would be better off trying to get right in the minors from here on out this year.
Gosewich only has 37 plate appearances this year, and the recent addition of Jordan Pacheco makes him even more expendable.
Putz returned from the disabled list earlier this week, and he now has a 5.40 ERA in 16 appearances this season. If he can start to pitch well, and more importantly stay healthy, the Diamondbacks may be able to unload him to a contender before the trade deadline.
Delgado has only made 10 appearances since the start of May, and he has a 6.67 ERA in 20 games (two starts) this season. He is still young enough (24) to be a key contributor down the road, but manager Kirk Gibson doesn't seem to have much use for him at this point.
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