Leo Rosales Up; Buckner Back Down
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Posted Jun 15, 2008

Billy Buckner's initial stay with the Arizona Diamondbacks lasted just two days, as Tucson's closer, Leo Rosales, was called up Sunday to replace Buckner on the 25-man roster. He made his major league debut in Sunday's game.

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 innings.

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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