J.J. Putz to DL, Mike Bolsinger optioned, Chase Anderson, Evan Marshall promoted
The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have optioned Mike Bolsinger (1-2 record, 6.08 ERA) down to Triple-A Reno to go along with three other transactions. J.J. Putz was put on the DL with a forearm issue which is hopefully not a long term injury though with his seniority in the league its always difficult to determine. Two pitchers were called up to replace Putz and Bolsinger, Chase Anderson was recalled from Double-A Mobile and Evan Marshall from Triple-A Reno.
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Marshall, 23, is not as experienced as Anderson but has very sufficient numbers throughout his career in the minor leagues (9-11 record, 3.01 ERA). He also had a 15.2 inning scoreless streak in Reno to start this season. Anderson, 26, has been in the D-Backs farm system since 2009 (24-22 record, 3.44 ERA) and has proven that he is more than ready for this call up to the big leagues. He had a difficult 2013 season in Reno and was optioned to Double-A Mobile. This season in six starts, though they have been in Double-A, he has surely proven his worth throwing 39 innings while only allowing three runs along with a 0.69 ERA.
Diamondbacks fans should be very antsy and excited about both of these call ups considering the bullpen and starting rotation both are in desperate need of not just change, but youth. If both of these young men have strong starts that will surely provide a spark within the entire pitching staff as success on a struggling team will not go unnoticed. As far as Putz is concerned, Tommy John Surgery may be needed. Which would add him to the plethora of D-Backs pitchers who have had the operation including Daniel Hudson, Patrick Corbin, and David Hernandez.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor Ian Johnson @IanJohnsonSK