”I simply know having an influence bat in there may be very relieving to everyone. It’s 30 residence runs and 100 RBIs that’s returning to us. We’re enthusiastic about that. I do know there could be some rising pains early,” supervisor Torey Lovullo mentioned, ”however we’re going to anticipate massive issues from him as we did final yr.”
The transfer got here only a few days after the NL West leaders misplaced middle fielder A.J. Pollock for the subsequent 4 to eight weeks due to a damaged left thumb. Pollock was hitting .293 with 11 residence runs and 33 RBIs, pacing the group in all three classes.
Arizona started the day with a .220 batting common that ranked final within the majors. Then the Diamondbacks opened a three-city street journey with their eighth defeat in 9 video games, hanging out 16 instances in a Three-1 loss to the New York Mets.
Lamb went 1 for four with an RBI double and three strikeouts.
”I’m not making an attempt to place an excessive amount of stress on myself to hit six homers tonight. Just going to exit, have enjoyable and attempt to win a recreation,” he mentioned hours earlier than the primary pitch. ”It’s been powerful. It was powerful watching the group win after which this stretch right here has been powerful. So, it’s not enjoyable when you may’t play and be on the market along with your teammates.”
The 27-year-old Lamb had been sidelined since April Three with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. He was 5 for 18 (.278) with 5 RBIs within the first 4 video games of the season after hitting .248 with 30 homers, 105 RBIs and an .844 OPS final yr.
”It simply so occurs that the offense is a little bit low proper now. I’m not too apprehensive about it,” he mentioned. ”We have a bunch of nice hitters, everybody prepares rather well. So, it’s by no means a scarcity of preparation or something like that. It’s only a stretch that everybody goes by way of.”
Lamb batted third towards New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom, between Steven Souza Jr. and slumping slugger Paul Goldschmidt. Lamb struck out his first two instances up earlier than hitting an RBI double within the sixth inning. He was thrown out stretching at third.
”It’s nice to be again right here with the fellows and simply taking part in baseball once more. So, I’m able to go,” Lamb mentioned earlier than the sport.
Souza, nevertheless, was eliminated within the sixth. On a throw from proper subject an inning earlier, he aggravated the correct pectoral harm he sustained throughout spring coaching. That one stored him out from March 21 till May Three.
”It’s method higher than that,” Souza mentioned. ”The first one was painful and I might barely transfer. But this one’s just a bit bit totally different.”
He was changed within the outfield by Chris Owings and could have an MRI on Saturday.
”Just irritating, clearly,” Souza mentioned. ”Just type of flared up once more.”
To make room for Lamb on the roster, Arizona optioned infielder Christian Walker to Triple-A Reno. In addition, right-hander Braden Shipley (proper elbow irritation) was activated from the 10-day DL and optioned to Reno.
Walker has performed in 16 video games throughout two stints with the Diamondbacks this season, going 2 for 16 (.125) with a house run, a double, two RBIs and three walks.
In three rehab video games at Class A Visalia, Lamb went 2 for 11 (.182) with two doubles. And when he struck out towards Lancaster, followers on the recreation received free beer as a part of a promotion.
”Yeah, I gave `em one, too,” Lamb mentioned. ”I gave `em a strikeout. I’m not going to say something concerning the name, however yeah. So I hope they received all of the beer that they wished in Lancaster.”
In different information, Lovullo mentioned veteran right-hander Clay Buchholz is predicted to be referred to as up from Reno to begin Sunday towards the Mets, giving Zack Greinke additional relaxation. Greinke can be pushed again a day to pitch Monday in Milwaukee.
With some dangerous climate within the forecast, the Diamondbacks are simply hoping Buchholz gained’t have any bother touring throughout the nation and attending to New York in time.
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