Diamondbacks Add Galarraga and Owings

Diamondbacks Add Galarraga and Owings

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga from the Detroit Tigers for right-handed pitcher Kevin Eichhorn and left-handed pitcher Ryan Robowski. In addition, they have agreed to a minor league contract with Micah Owings and invited the right-handed pitcher to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.

Armando Galarraga, 29, posted a 4-9 record and 4.49 ERAwith 51 walks and 74 strikeouts in 144.1 innings for the Tigers last season. He made national headlines on June 2nd vs. the Cleveland Indians when his pursuit of a perfect game was spoiled with two outs in the ninth inning when first base umpire Jim Joyce blew an out call at first base and later admitted to having made the wrong call.  Galarraga retired the next batter to close out the 3-0 victory and was named the American League Player of the Week. Galarraga also pitched in eight games for Triple-A Toledo, posting a 4-2 record and 3.65 ERA with 14 walks and 40 strikeouts in 44.1 innings.

"We are excited about the opportunity to acquire a pitcher of Armando Galarraga's ability a few weeks before the start of Spring Training," D-backs general manager KevinTowers said. "Armando is a quality pitcher as well as individual that will compete for a spot in our rotation with all of the other starting pitchers this spring."

Kevin Eichhorn, 20, had a combined 5-6 record and 5.00 ERA with 18 walks and 81 strikeouts in 86.1 innings across three A-ball affiliates in 2010. A third-round draft selection in 2008, Eichhorn was named the organization's pitcher of the month for July after going 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA and four quality starts in six outings for Missoula. Over parts of three seasons in the D-backs' farm system, he has posted a 5-8 record and 4.80 ERA (56 ER in 105.0 IP) with 28 walks and 108 strikeouts in 27 career games (15 starts). Eichhorn's father, Mark, pitched primarily as a reliever for 11 major league seasons, notably finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting in 1986.  The junior Eichhorn ranked as the 23rd-best prospect in the Diamondbacks organization according to FutureBacks.com.

Ryan Robowski, 22, posted a 2-4 record and 5.17 ERA with 16 walks and 51 strikeouts in 54 innings with Hi-A Visalia in 2010. The southpaw was the D-backs' 16th-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Ohio Dominican University and has never been considered a serious prospect.

The 28-year-old Micah Owings posted a 3-2 record and 5.40 ERA with 25 walks and 35 strikeouts in 22 relief appearances for the Cincinnati Reds last season. He also pitched for Triple-A Louisville, posting a 2.21 ERA with 10 walks and 13 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched.  Owings was taken in the third round of the 2005 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and went on to go 14-17 with a 4.97 ERA for them between 2007 and 2008.  Owings is perhaps best-known for his ability to hit; he's a career .293 batter with nine home runs and 34 RBI over 184 at-bats and even won a Silver Slugger Award in 2007. 

In a corresponding move to make room for Galarraga on the 40-man roster, the D-backs designated right-handed pitcher Rafael Rodriguez for assignment.  Rodriguez came to the Diamondbacks as part of the Dan Haren trade.

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