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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Players They Could Do Without in 2014

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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Players They Can Do Without For the Rest of the Season

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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.

5. IF Cliff Pennington

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5. IF Cliff Pennington

Cliff Pennington, Arizona Diamondbacks
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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.

4. P Trevor Cahill

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4. P Trevor Cahill

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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.

3. C Tuffy Gosewisch

Tuffy Gosewisch, Arizona Diamondbacks
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3. C Tuffy Gosewisch

Tuffy Gosewisch, Arizona Diamondbacks
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Gosewich only has 37 plate appearances this year, and the recent addition of Jordan Pacheco makes him even more expendable.

2. RP J.J. Putz

J.J. Putz, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2. RP J.J. Putz

J.J. Putz, Arizona Diamondbacks
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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.

1. P Randall Delgado

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1. P Randall Delgado

Randall Delgado, Arizona Diamondbacks
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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.