Injuries Open the Door for Connor Robertson

Injuries Open the Door for Connor Robertson

Connor Robertson got his first action with the Arizona Diamondbacks with Eric Byrnes and Chris Snyder headed to the DL. Also, Micah Owings will miss today's start due to back pain.

A litany of injuries have hit the Diamondbacks.

Outfielder Eric Byrnes and catcher Chris Snyder were both placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, and right-hander Micah Owings will miss his scheduled start Wednesday due to back pain. Byrnes injured his left hamstring in the second inning Monday attempting to steal third base. Byrnes' hamstring is torn, and it is unknown when he will be back.

"It's going to be a while," manager Bob Melvin said.

Snyder was diagnosed with a testicular fracture after being struck by a foul ball two innings later and will require surgery. "We're hopefully looking at the 15-day period where he's back after the All-Star break," Melvin said of Snyder.

Catcher Robby Hammock and right-hander Connor Robertson were called up from Class AAA Tucson in their places. Hammock didn't arrive to the ballpark until after the game started after getting late word. Conor Jackson, the starting first baseman, will get the majority of time in left field, and Chad Tracy will play first base with Byrnes out. Miguel Montero will get the primary catching duties while Snyder is on the DL. Robertson gave up one run in three innings of work in his debut for the Diamondbacks.

Premium FutureBacks members can click here for a scouting profile or Robertson or here to listen to an exclusive audio interview with the reliever conducted shortly after his arrival along with Dan Haren.

The injuries to Byrnes and Snyder have thinned an offense that is already struggling. There has been talk that the team will attempt to make a trade to bolster the offense.

BREWERS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 6: Milwaukee went ahead 7-1 early and held on to beat Arizona. J.J. Hardy hit two homers and knocked in three for the Brewers. Diamondbacks starter Randy Johnson gave up seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings for his sixth straight defeat.

SNAKE BYTES

--OF Eric Byrnes was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and he was replaced on the 25-man roster by RHP Conor Robertson. The Diamondbacks chose to call up a pitcher because RHP Micah Owings can't pitch on his scheduled turn Wednesday.  RHP Yusmeiro Petit will start in place of Owings.

--C Chris Snyder was placed on the disabled list with a left testicular fracture, and C Robby Hammock was called up as his replacement.

--3B Mark Reynolds went 2-for-4 and is 5-for-7 in his last two games against the Brewers. Reynolds raised his average to .262.

--RHP Connor Robertson gave up one run in three innings in his first career outing for the Diamondbacks. He was acquired in the offseason in a deal with the A's.

 BY THE NUMBERS: 1.32 -- RHP Dan Haren's ERA in June, when he gave up six earned runs and 25 hits in 41 innings over six starts.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We understand we have to change some things." -- OF Chris Young, after a stern talk from manager Bob Melvin following a 3-1 loss to Florida on Friday, when the D-backs fell to .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season.

MEDICAL WATCH:

C Chris Snyder (left testicular fracture) went on the 15-day disabled list July 1. He will require surgery, but manager Bob Melvin said he could be back right after the All-Star break.

OF Eric Byrnes (torn left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list July 1. The team had no timetable for his return. A earlier hamstring problem caused him to miss 35 games this season.

RHP Micah Owings (back pain) left the June 27 game, and he was scratched from his July 2 start.

RHP Edgar Gonzalez (right elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list June 28.

Send questions or comments for Keith Glab to future_backs@yahoo.com


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