Arizona Diamondbacks Roster Roulette

The Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves shuffling the deck by bringing up two pitchers from Triple-A Tucson. More moves are on the way, as Micah Owings will not make his scheduled Sunday start, and Randy Johnson must be activated before his Thursday debut.

Micah Owings was placed on thee 15-day DL Friday.  Bob Melvin indicated that he is close to being ready, but that no chances would be taken with one of the key pieces for the future of the Diamondbacks organization.

Dustin Nippert had been sent down to Triple-A to get more innings prior to this move.  Dana Eveland and Mike Schultz got the call from Tucson to replace Owings and Nippert on the roster.

Schultz had allowed five runs in eight Triple-A relief innings, while Eveland had given up just one run over two starts.  Despite that success, Eveland is not expected to start for Owings on Sunday, but rather to work long relief and as a lefty specialist when Doug Slaten is not available.

Instead, Yusmeiro Petit, acquired in the Jorge Julio deal, should get the start on Sunday.  Petit went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in his two Tucson starts.  The need to recall Petit could mean a brief stint for Schultz, who threw a scoreless inning in Friday's game against the Giants.

Still another move will need to be made before Thursday's game, when Randy Johnson will be recalled to make his major league debut. 

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