Daigle Gets the Bump; Snyder Clutch

Daigle Gets the Bump; Snyder Clutch

The Diamondbacks starting pitching has been strong, and the bullpen has been better than expected, but with veteran Terry Mulholland heading to the DL, the D'Backs elected to skip the lefty and go straight to Casey Daigle.

 After watching the rest of the National League West battle through injury problems, the Diamondbacks finally got their first taste of health woes when veteran reliever Terry Mulholland was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow.
The Diamondbacks purchased the contract of right-hander Casey Daigle from Triple-A Tucson, adding him to the 40-man roster. He will be used mostly in middle and long relief, though the former starting pitcher was converted to a closer last season and notched 18 saves at Double-A Tennessee.
Mulholland, now in his 20th big-league season, pitched 1 2/3 innings Tuesday against Colorado and said his elbow began to swell on Wednesday afternoon. He said it feels similar to problems he has previously had in his career, in which he twice underwent surgery to remove bone chips or spurs from the elbow.
"The way it feels, there's probably a good possibility there's something floating around in there," Mulholland said. If he needs surgery, he could be facing a six-week recovery time.
REPLAY: For the past two or three years, opposing teams have been testing the arm of left fielder Luis Gonzalez, and after he underwent ligament-replacement surgery in the fall of 2004, it was hard to blame them.
But Gonzalez made two great throws from left field on Wednesday, twice cutting down the Rockies' Danny Ardoin, and on one of those plays, he helped prevent a sure Colorado run from scoring.
It was Gonzalez's second two-assist game of his career, with the other coming June 22, 2004, at San Diego.
Gonzalez's seventh-inning double drove in the go-ahead run as the Diamondbacks edged the Rockies 5-4.

--RF Shawn Green recorded Arizona's first stolen base of the season with a fourth-inning swipe of second Wednesday against visiting Colorado. The theft came in the Diamondbacks' eighth game.
--RHP Greg Aquino will be used more in a setup role, along with RHP Luis Vizcaino, with LHP Terry Mulholland going on the disabled list due to a sore left elbow. Aquino, Vizcaino and RH closer Jose Valverde combined for 3 1/3 scoreless innings and no hits with five strikeouts Wednesday as Arizona beat the Rockies 5-4.
--LF Luis Gonzalez hit a double Wednesday against the Rockies, leaving him one shy of reaching 500 for his career and becoming just the 21st player in history to record 500 doubles and 300 home runs. Barry Bonds is the only active player on the list.
"You look at the list of guys that are on that," manager Bob Melvin said, "and they're all Hall of Famers. ... Putting his name in there does not look odd -- not to me."
--RHP Miguel Batista is 0-for-6 this season with six strikeouts.
--C Chris Snyder, the backup to Johnny Estrada, has two home runs and seven RBIs in three starts this season.
BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Earned runs allowed by Arizona's starting pitchers after their first four games.

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