Billy Buckner made back-to-back relief appearances during his two-day major league
stay. After earning the win in Friday's extra-inning contest, Buckner
allowed two homers in Saturday's loss.
The Diamondbacks needed to infuse a weary bullpen with another fresh arm.
That bullpen has pitched a total of 24.1 innings over the past five days, which
includes three consecutive extra-inning contests. The solution was to bring up
Sidewinders closer and changeup specialist Leo Rosales up and send the worn
Buckner back down to Tucson.
Whether this represents a temporary or permanent solution remains to be seen.
Rosales allowed six base runners in less than two innings in his major league
debut Sunday. His fastball ranged from 89-91 MPH, his slider between
83-84, and his excellent changeup sat between 78-80. In Triple-A Tucson,
Rosales went 9-for-9 in save opportunities and posted a 4.08 ERA in 35.1
Rosales was acquired last August for outfielder Scott Hairston last
July. He had injured his pitching hand punching a wall after a blown save
while he was in the Padres organization, and so did not pitch for the
Diamondbacks until this season.
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