Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Eric Chavez has retired, according to cbssports.com.
Insight: Chavez won six straight Gold Gloves and hit 25 or more home runs six times in his first eight seasons, but injuries limited him to 154 games from 2007-10 and he became a part-time player for the Yankes and Diamondbacks after that. He'll finish with a .268 career average, 260 home runs and an .818 OPS.
Description: Arizona starter Wade Miley won his seventh game of the season Wednesday at Cincinnati after throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Insight: Miley gave up seven hits, walked four and struck out just one, but he worked out of jams in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. The 27-year-old lefty has found a way to keep the ball in the park lately, giving up just one homer in his last 44 1/3 innings (0.20 HR/9) after serving up 17 in his first 101 1/3 (1.51 HR/9).
Description: Arizona shortstop Chris Owings (shoulder injury) was placed on the 15-day disabled list a month ago and there is still no timetable for his return.
Insight: The shortstop batted .317 with 11 extra-base hits (3 HR), 12 RBI, nine runs and one steal in June and .277 with a .771 OPS for the season. Didi Gregorius has started 15 games in July and is hitting .264 for the month with a single home run and six RBI.
Description: Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (hand) will take live batting practice against rehabbing pitcher Daniel Hudson on Tuesday and then begin a rehab assignment. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: Pollock fractured his right hand when he was hit by a pitch on May 31 and underwent surgery. He was on a tear before the injury, hitting .359 with 13 doubles, four triples, six homers, 14 RBI, 24 runs, eight steals and a 1.061 OPS in his last 39 games.
Description: Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill is out of Sunday's lineup against the Phillies with a bruised right hand.
Insight: Hill was hit by a pitch Saturday. It's unfortunate timing, as he's batted .410 (16-for-39) with six doubles and two homers in his last 10 games and has great numbers against Sunday's starter Roberto Hernandez.
Description: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero is 6-for-12 with a home run versus Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Montero hasn't homered since June 28, but he's still knocking in runs and has 58 RBI for the season. If the top of the order can get on base Friday, Montero should be able to add to his total.
Description: Arizona third baseman Martin Prado owns a .419 career average (13-for-31) with one homer and zero strikeouts against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.
Insight: The two were frequent opponents when both played in the NL East. With a .272 average, four homers, 36 RBI, 40 runs and two steals in 375 at-bats, Prado hasn't been a good fantasy option this season, but he's a decent option Wednesday.
Description: Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley struck out 10, walked one and allowed two runs on three hits over seven innings for Double-A Mobile Saturday night.
Insight: It was Bradley's most dominant effort of the year. The right-hander dealt with an elbow injury earlier this season, but he's allowed five runs on 17 hits in 25 1/3 innings since he returned to the Double-A rotation. He could be ready to jump back to Triple-A, where he had a 5.18 ERA in 24 1/3 innings before the injury.
Description: Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley has allowed just three runs on 14 hits in 18 1/3 innings since he returned from an elbow strain, but he's also recorded a 9/13 K/BB in that span.
Insight: Bradley was ranked as one of the top-10 prospects in baseball by several reputable publications prior to this season. Overall he's posted a 3.66 ERA and a 38/26 K/BB in 46 2/3 innings and will need to show improvement with his control before the Diamondbacks call him up. It could be another few weeks or more before we see him in the big leagues.
Description: Arizona left fielder Mark Trumbo (foot) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list for Friday's game.
Insight: Trumbo proved he was ready by hitting five homers during seven rehab games, so Arizona activated him earlier than expected. He has been sidelined since April 22 due to a stress fracture in his foot. Trumbo was hitting .210 with seven homers and 19 RBI before he got hurt.
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt loves facing Giants starter Tim Lincecum and so do his fantasy owners.
Insight: He's a career .577 hitter with seven homers and 17 RBI in just 26 at-bats. Goldy is having another fine season batting .312 with 16 HR, 61 RBI and a league-leading 193 total bases. He's always a must start when facing Lincecum.
Description: Vidal Nuno allowed just three hits and struck out seven over seven shutout innings Tusday against Miami in his Diamondbacks debut.
Insight: The Yankees dealt him to Arizona for Brandon McCarthy this past weekend. The left-hander should do better in the NL, but Chase Field isn't exactly a good place for a soft-tossing fly-ball pitcher like Nuno.
Description: Diamondbacks closer Addison Reed allowed a two-run homer to Marcell Ozuna in the ninth inning to blow his fifth save of the season Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Reed has given up a whopping nine homers in 36 2/3 innings this season and has a 4.42 ERA. Manager Kirk Gibson has given him two votes of confidence and said earlier this month that the team isn't considering a change, but the D-Backs can't stick with him much longer. Brad Ziegler is likely next in line for saves.
Description: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero is out of the lineup Tuesday, according to Steve Gilbert of mlb.com.
Insight: This is the second time he's been out of the lineup in the past three games. "He's starting to get tired," manager Kirk Gibson said. "I can tell." Montero has batted .265 with 11 homers, 52 RBI and a .769 OPS this season, up from .230 with 11 homers, 42 RBI and a .662 OPS last year.
Description: Arizona starter Wade Miley was solid on Sunday, going 6 2/3 IP and yielding one run on five hits.
Insight: Miley (4-6, 4.42 ERA. 1.25 WHIP) has not been able to repeat his 2012 performance over the last two seasons and hope for his return to that level is dying out. When he pitches like he did Sunday, fantasy owners remember the "good old days."
Description: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero is 10-for-19 (.526) against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Montero has rebounded from a down 2013, batting .259 with 11 HR and 49 RBI through the first 80 games. he could have a big day off the struggling Harang (6.00 ERA, 2.06 WHIP last three starts).
Description: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson gave closer Addison Reed yet another vote of confidence Wednesday, according to the Arizona Republic.
Insight: "I think he's been pretty good," Gibson said of Reed. "He's done a pretty good job for us. We've had no discussions about removing him. You might feel differently, but we don't." Reed blew his fourth save of the season (23 chances) Wednesday at Pittsburgh. He has a 40/8 K/BB but has allowed eight home runs and 16 earned runs in 34 2/3 innings (4.15 ERA).
Description: Arizona shortstop Chris Owings (shoulder injury) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: The shortstop has batted .317 with 11 extra-base hits (3 HR), 12 RBI, nine runs and one steal in June and .277 with a .771 OPS for the season. Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed will likely share the position.
Description: Arizona right fielder Gerardo Parra is only 2-for-15 against Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: That's who he faces on Sunday. As a general rule, Parra shouldn't be starting against left-handers. This season he's been particularly bad against them, going 12-for-68 (.176 AVG) with 17 K's.
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt loves facing Giants starter Tim Lincecum.
Insight: He's a career .542 hitter with seven homers and 17 RBI in just 24 at-bats. Goldy leads the league in hits and is batting .341 over the past two weeks. A perfect time to face his favorite pitcher.
Description: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup versus Milwaukee and Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Montero has been on fire in June, batting .317 with five homers, 14 RBI and a .948 OPS through the first 16 games. He's already hit 10 homers this season and is well within reach of his career high (18).
Description: Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo has a sprained UCL in his pitching elbow. SOURCE: Steve Gilbert, MLB.com
Insight: A tear likely would have meant Tommy John surgery so finding out it's only a sprain should qualify as good news. Either way, it doesn't sound like Arroyo (7-4, 4.08 ERA) will be pitching for the Diamondbacks any time soon.
Description: For the first time in his career, Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo has been placed on the 15-day DL.
Insight: He's dealing with elbow tendinitis. It's poor timing for fantasy owners as Arroyo (7-4, 4.08 ERA) has won his last three starts in impressive fashion. There's no timetable for the 37-year-old's return.
Description: Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is on a nine-game hitting streak, including home runs in his last two games and has a favorable matchup Monday night.
Insight: Goldschmidt (.309, 50 RBI, 50 R, .943 OPS) has an MLB-high 27 doubles and 158 total bases. He hit his 15th homer of the season Sunday. He's produced exactly as expected this season and should be in all lineups Monday as he's 4-for-6 against Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta.
Description: Arizona third baseman Martin Prado has batted .333 with 11 extra-base hits (3 HR), 19 RBI, 17 runs and an .861 OPS over his last 33 games.
Insight: Prado has struck out in 11.6 percent of his plate appearances during that span after fanning in 17 percent of his plate appearances and hitting .236 with zero home runs in his first 37 games. Prado has eligibility at second, third and in the outfield, but he's really only useful at second base because of his lack of power.
Description: Arizona closer Addison Reed picked up save No. 16 Tuesday against Houston.
Insight: The Diamondbacks only have 29 wins all season, but they have surprisingly handed Reed 18 save chances. He's allowed an unsightly eight home runs in 29 1/3 innings and has a 3.99 ERA, but his 33/4 K/BB is superb.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo threw seven innings and allowed one run on six hits in a win over the Astros Tuesday.
Insight: Arroyo is 6-4 with a 4.22 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and just 46 Ks in 81 innings this season. His ERA hasn't been below 4.15 at any point, though he's gone 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA over his last nine starts after going 1-2 with a 9.50 ERA in his first four starts.
Description: The Diamondbacks have designated Trevor Cahill for assigment, though GM Kevin Towers indicated the right-hander may remain with the organization once he clears waivers, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "There’s a game plan in place for what we’re ultimately going to do, but as of right now he’s just designated," Towers said.
Insight: D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson said earlier today that the plan was to get Cahill back into the rotation. Arizona sent Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook to Oakland in the deal for Cahill following the 2011 season. He has a contract for $7 million in 2014, $12 million in 2015 and club options in 2016 and 2017 with buyouts, so Arizona would be eating a lot of money if Cahill chooses free agency. The D'Backs likely received word from Cahill that he'll accept his assignment to the minors before they designated him for assignment.
Description: The Diamondbacks have designated Trevor Cahill for assigment.
Insight: D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson said earlier today that the plan was to get Cahill back into the rotation, but the organization has chosen to cut ties with the right-hander. Arizona sent Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook to Oakland in the deal for Cahill following the 2011 season. Cahill has a contract for $7 million in 2014, $12 million in 2015 and club options in 2016 and 2017 with buyouts, so Arizona is eating a lot of money.
Description: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero has hit three homers with eight RBI in his last three games and has crushed Braves starter Aaron Harang, who will pitch Sunday.
Insight: Montero is having a nice rebound year after last year's debacle. He's hitting .274 with 35 RBI and an .802 OPS. He's also 10-for-18 (.556) with a double, a homer and five walks against Harang, so make sure Montero is in your lineup Sunday.
Description: Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo's new timetable has a goal of returning for the third week in June, according to an Arizona Republic report.
Insight: Trumbo suffered a stress fracture of the third metatarsal bone in his left foot and was placed on the disabled list on April 24. The initial six-week timetable has passed and it appears the total time he'll be sidelined will be eight or nine weeks.
Description: Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings plated two runs in Tuesday's win over Colorado.
Insight: He was a single shy of the cycle. Owings has played well in his first full season in the bigs, hitting .274 with six stolen bases. His .752 OPS in 179 at bats is fifth-highest among qualified rookies.
Description: Diamondbacks utility infielder Didi Gregorius has been recalled from Triple-A Reno (PCL) to take the place of the injuried Cliff Pennington (sprained tumb).
Insight: While Chris Owings will still start at shortstop for Arizona, Gregorius could see some time spelling Aaron Hill at second base, as well as Owings. In 57 games with Reno, he hit .310/.389/.477 with three homers, 14 RBI, 14 doubles and three steals. He's only worth adding in the deepest of formats.
Description: Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (hand) will undergo surgery and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, according to Jack Magruder of foxsportsarizona.com.
Insight: Pollock batted .379 with 10 doubles, three triples, three homers, 10 RBI, 17 runs and eight steals in his last 23 games, but he fractured his right hand when he was hit by a pitch Saturday night. His absence will open up more at-bats for Cody Ross and Eric Chavez.
Description: Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock fractured his right hand Saturday night when he was hit by a pitch, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Pollock has batted .379 with 10 doubles, three triples, three homers, 10 RBI, 17 runs and eight steals in his last 23 games, so this is an unfortunate turn of events. The D'Backs will probably give more at-bats to Cody Ross and Eric Chavez with Pollock out.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter threw a three-hit shutout Thursday against the Reds.
Insight: Collmenter pitched to the minimum 27 batters in the game, walking none and getting three double plays. He's gone 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 54 innings since he joined the starting lineup.
Description: Arizona third baseman Martin Prado hit his first homer of the season Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: Prado is batting .264 with 21 RBI this season and the lack of any power or speed has made things worse. He's struck out in a career-high 15.7 percent of his plate appearances, up from 8.0 percent last year.
Description: Arizona starter Wade Miley struck out 11 batters in seven innings Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: Miley (3-5, 4.76 ERA, 1.30 WHIP) has been solid in May, recording a 4.01 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in 33 2/3 innings after putting up a 5.36 ERA in his first seven starts. He hasn't allowed a homer in his last two starts after giving up 10 in his first 62 innings.
Description: Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo left Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the NY Mets due to a sore right elbow.
Insight: Arroyo threw six innings yielding one run and six hits on 75 pitched, but was pulled with a tender elbow. This probably won't keep him from his next start, but it is worth watching. Arroyo has yielded one run or less in four of his last five appearances.
Description: Aaron Hill could have a tough time against Daisuke Matsuzaka Sunday in the second game of Arizona's doubleheader.
Insight: Hill faced Dice-K on a regular basis when both were playing in the AL East early on in their careers and it rarely worked out in his favor (just 5-for-28 with five punchouts). He doesn't have any prior history with today's Game 1 starter, Rafael Montero (0-2, 6.97 ERA).
Description: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said that Aaron Hill (shoulder) wanted to play Tuesday , but the team decided to keep him out another day, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Hill has batted .319 with two homers, seven RBI and an .841 OPS in 12 May games to get his season average up to .269, but he hasn't played since May 16 due to a sore shoulder.
Description: Arizona third baseman Martin Prado's vision checked out fine on Monday, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Prado left Sunday's game with blurred vision. He should be in the lineup Tuesday. He's been a terrible fantasy option this season, hitting .256 with no homers or steals and 16 RBI. He has a career-high 16 percent strikeout rate, up from eight percent last year.
Description: Diamondbacks left fielder Cody Ross slugged his first home run of the 2014 season Sunday in a win against the Dodgers.
Insight: It was a no-doubter too, traveling an estimated distance of 449 feet. In fact, that's his longest homer since 2006 when he hit a 466-footer at Dolphin Stadium. The home run was Ross' first since suffering a dislocated hip last August.
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock has batted .417 with six extra-base hits (two HR), seven runs and six steals in his last 10 games.
Insight: Pollock has raised his average from .256 to .302 during that span. He's one of the top defensive outfielders in baseball but he hasn't done much to get excited about offensively during his career.
Description: Diamondbacks infielder Martin Prado's average dropped to .247 after he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals. He has zero homers and zero steals this year.
Insight: Prado also got off to a slow start last year, hitting .238 in his first 286 at-bats, but he still was putting the ball in play (10.3 K%). This year, Prado has a career-worst 16.5 percent K rate.
Description: Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy was dominant Wednesday against Washington after getting destroyed his last time out.
Insight: McCarthy gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings last Friday, but he held the Nats to two hits and one run while striking out seven and walking none in eight innings Wednesday afternoon. The right-hander has thrown seven innings or more and allowed two runs or less in three of his last four starts, but it's results like his previous start that make him tough to trust. He's 1-6 with a 5.01 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP this year.
Description: Arizona starter Wade Miley held the White Sox to two runs on four hits in seven innings (6 K, 0 BB) Saturday to win his third game of the year.
Insight: Miley (3-3, 4.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) posted a 5.36 ERA in his first seven starts and he's chipping away at that ERA. The left-hander was good at keeping the ball in the park the last two years (0.8 HR/9), but this year he has given up eight homers in 56 innings (1.29 HR/9) and just two of them were solo shots.
Description: Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy was roughed up by the White Sox Friday night.
Insight: McCarthy gave up nine hits and seven earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. The right-hander was solid in his previous two starts but now has a 5.66 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP this season. He's given up eight home runs in 47 2/3 innings.
Description: D-Backs catcher Miguel Montero has never had a hit against Padres starter Tyson Ross (0-for-9 with three strikeouts). That's probably why he's not playing Sunday in the series finale.
Insight: Tuffy Gosewich will handle the catching duties for Arizona. If the Diamondbacks are able to chase Ross (3-3, 3.68 ERA) from the game early we could see Montero (.286, 4 HR, 17 RBI) come in as a pinch-hitter.
Description: Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley may have to delay his timetable for a major league debut after being placed on the disabled list due to a mild flexor strain.
Insight: Arizona GM Kevin Towers said earlier this month that the team wouldn't rush Bradley to the majors and the team's 8-21 record makes it easier for them to take their time in bringing the future ace up to the big leagues.
Description: Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo (foot) said he has been told he'll miss six weeks, according to Jack Magruder of foxsportsarizona.com.
Insight: Trumbo has a stress fracture of the third metatarsal bone in his left foot and his MRI also revealed plantar fasciitis. Trumbo suffered a stress fracture in his right foot at the end of the 2011 season and needed 5 1/2 months to heal, so there's a chance he could be out longer than six weeks this time. He hit .210 with seven homers and 19 RBI in his first 21 games this season.
Description: Diamondbacks pitching prospect Archie Bradley has a 3.98 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a 20/8 K/BB in 20 1/3 innings with Triple-A Reno this season.
Insight: The D'Backs have already had to replace three of the five members of their expected starting rotation (Patrick Corbin due to injury, Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado due to ineffectiveness), but they haven't made the call for Bradley yet. Arizona GM Kevin Towers said earlier this month that the team wouldn't rush Bradley to the majors, and his mixed results so far make that decision easier.
Description: Arizona infielder Martin Prado went 0-for-4 Thursday and is batting .234 with zero homers this season.
Insight: Prado has struck out in 17.2 percent of his plate appearances, up from just 8.0 percent a year ago. When Prado started off with a .238 average in his first 73 games last year, he had a 10.3 percent K rate and the low average was more the result of a .250 BABIP.
Description: Arizona infielder Martin Prado is not a preferred fantasy option Wednesday against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Samardzija has limited Prado to just two hits in 13 career at bats (.157 AVG). Prado has been pretty useless this season (.247 AVG, zero homers in 22 games) and shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues.
Description: Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo won't be in the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs. SOURCE: Diamondbacks on Twitter
Insight: Trumbo has logged the sixth-most at bats in the National League this season and could probably use a night off. His power numbers have been excellent (7 HR, 19 RBI) but he's hitting just .210.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo gave up nine earned runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Arroyo has a 9.95 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings with his new ballclub. He has averaged just 86.4 mph with his sinker (his main pitch), down a full mph from last season, and he may still be dealing with the back injury that caused him to miss most of spring training.
Description: Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers reiterated that top pitching prospect Archie Bradley (RHP) will not be rushed to the majors.
Insight: Though fantasy owners, Bradley's agent and Diamondbacks fans want him up with the big club, the GM is resisting at this time. Still, figure him to be in the Arizona starting rotation by June 1 after 2014 free agency and Super Two dates have been passed. If you have room we still recommend stashing him.
Description: The Diamondbacks have demoted Trevor Cahill to the bullpen, the team announced via Twitter.
Insight: Cahill has a dreadful 9.17 ERA and a 2.15 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings this season (four starts). Mike Bolsinger, who has a 3.31 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 385 2/3 minor league innings but hasn't pitched in the majors, will take his spot in the rotation.
Description: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero will get a day off Sunday.
Insight: Tuffy Gosewisch is catching Trevor Cahill. Montero is hitting .234 with one homer and five RBI after a down year in 2013 (.230, 11 HR, 42 RBI). He hit .283 with an .817 OPS and an average of 14 homers per season from 2009-12.
Description: Diamondbacks top pitching prospect Archie Bradley (RHP) had a strong first outing for Reno, going five innings without yielding a run on four hits.
Insight: Bradley, MLB.com's No. 5 prospect in baseball, had a 1.84 ERA in 152 innings last season (123 1/3 at Double-A, 28 2/3 at Single-A Advanced). He should be up right after the super-two date and fantasy owners should be prepared to jump on this talented right-hander.
Description: According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks are preparing Josh Collmenter to move into the rotation.
Insight: D'Backs manager Kirk Gibson mentioned Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado as possibilities to move to the bullpen, though he said both will make their next scheduled starts. Collmenter is 13-12 with a 4.03 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 137 Ks in 196 2/3 career innings as a starter, compared to 7-6 with a 2.56 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 129 Ks in 144 innings in relief. Eventually, prospect Archie Bradley will take that available spot in the Arizona rotation, so Collmenter is only an option in NL-only leagues.
Description: According to the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross (hip) is 7-10 days away from returning.
Insight: Ross is currently on a rehab assignment in Triple-A Reno. "He's been swinging the bat well all spring," GM Kevin Towers said. "The key thing for him is how he feels when he goes out there and has to play on back-to-back days, nine innings in the outfield." Mark Trumbo plays every day in left field, so Ross, Gerardo Parra and A.J. Pollock will have to split up starts at the other two outfield spots.
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado left Friday's game with a lacerated left index finger but he's in the lineup Saturday, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Prado is off to a 4-for-28 (.143) start. The utilityman hit just .238 with five home runs and a .623 OPS in his first 73 games last season, but he batted .322 with nine homers and an .862 OPS over his last 82 games.
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado is just 1-for-11 (.091) versus Rockies starter Juan Nicasio.
Insight: Prado is a fantasy favorite because of his versatility. He's eligible at 2B, 3B and outfield. At some point, however, he'll be dropped as the team's cleanup hitter for someone who can provide more protection for 1B Paul Goldschmidt. For now he's in a great spot, but should not be started on Friday in this unfavorable matchup.
Description: Arizona catcher Miguel Montero will get the afternoon off, just like his oppostite number, Buster Posey.
Insight: Normal day game after a night game stuff. He's been batting fifth in the Diamondbacks lineup with powerful Mark Trumbo behind him which should help him to approach his career RBI numbers this season.
Description: Randall Delgado will serve as Arizona's fifth starter to begin the season.
Insight: Patrick Corbin's season-ending elbow injury helped Delgado win the spot behind Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill, Brandon McCarthy and Bronson Arroyo. Delgado will need to pitch well to keep top prospect Archie Bradley from taking his job. He had a strong 1.78 BB/9 and a 1.19 WHIP last year but gave up 1.86 HR/9 and had a 4.26 ERA. He doesn't have much mixed league value.
Description: The Diamondbacks assigned top prospect Archie Bradley (RHP) to the minors on Thursday, according to Zach Buchanan of azcentral.com.
Insight: Bradley, MLB.com's No. 5 prospect in baseball, had a 4.32 ERA in 8 1/3 innings this spring and should be up sooner than the team intended due to Patrick Corbin's season-ending elbow injury. The flamethrower had a 1.84 ERA in 152 innings last season (123 1/3 at Double-A, 28 2/3 at Single-A Advanced) and will try to master Triple-A for a month or so.
Description: D'Backs starter Patrick Corbin had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: Steve Gilber, MLB.com
Insight: Obviously, he's done for the year. Corbin is still only 24 so this operation, though serious, shouldn't have too big an impact on his long term future. Wade Miley started in Corbin's place Saturday in the season opener.
Description: Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo hit his first home run with the team Saturday against the Dodgers.
Insight: The D'Backs acquired Trumbo from the Angels this offseason after he averaged .251, 32 homers, 94 RBI and 152 strikeouts the previous three years. He should challenge the 40-homer mark due to Chase Field's favorable conditions.
Description: Arizona starter Trevor Cahill gave up five earned runs, allowed eight hits, walked four and struck out just one over four innings Saturday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Cahill has posted an ERA between 3.78 and 4.16 in each of the last three seasons, but he walks a lot of batters, leading to a high WHIP (career 1.33), and doesn't strike out many (career 5.9 K/9).
Description: Patrick Corbin's MRI revealed UCL damage in his left elbow. It sounds like he's going to need Tommy John surgery. SOURCE: Nick Piecoro, AZCentral.com
Insight: If Corbin decides to undergo surgery, he'll miss the rest of the 2014 season and possibly part of next season as well. It's a massive blow to Arizona's playoff chances as Corbin (14-8, 3.41 ERA) was one of the best pitchers in the National League next season. Wade Miley has been informed that he'll be making the trip to Australia next week to pitch in Corbin's place.
Description: Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (knee) threw a bullpen session Thursday, just two days after suffering a jammed right knee, according to Steve Gilbert of mlb.com.
Insight: Cahill hurt himself while trying to avoid Cleveland's Jason Kipnis at first base during Tuesday's Cactus League start, but he should be fine. He went 8-10 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 146 2/3 innings last season and is a below-average fantasy option.
Description: Arizona starter Trevor Cahill suffered a jammed right knee Tuesday and is day-to-day, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.
Insight: Cahill hurt himself while trying to avoid Cleveland's Jason Kipnis at first base during Tuesday's Cactus League start. He went 8-10 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 146 2/3 innings last season and is a below-average fantasy option.
Description: Arizona starter Trevor Cahill left Tuesday's start with an apparent leg injury, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Cahill hurt himself while trying to avoid Cleveland's Jason Kipnis at first base. He went 8-10 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 146 2/3 innings last season and is a below-average fantasy option.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo (back) didn't feel good playing catch Saturday but feels much better Sunday, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. He's hoping to pitch in a Cactus League game Friday.
Insight: This is new territory for Arroyo (14-12, 3.79 ERA for Cincinnati in 2013), who has never gone on the disabled list at any point in his 14 seasons in the league. The 37-year-old had an epidural last week for the bulging disc in his back.
Description: Arizona righthander Bronson Arroyo recently had an epidural to relieve some of his back pain. SOURCE: Jack Magruder, Fox Sports Arizona
Insight: This is new territory for Arroyo (14-12, 3.79 ERA for Cincinnati in 2013), who has never gone on the disabled list at any point in his 14 seasons in the league. He's still on track to make his first start of the regular season but fantasy owners should definitely keep an eye on his progress.
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has missed the past two spring training games due to "leg stiffness," according to beat writer Nick Piecoro.
Insight: We're talking about a guy who will cost you a top-five pick on draft day after batting .302 last season with 36 HR, 126 RBI and 15 steals., so we would like him to start the season healthy. It doesn't appear to be serious, but it's worth watching.
Description: Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo was scratched Tuesday due to back stiffness, according to the Arizona Republic.
Insight: It probably isn't serious, but it is a reminder that Arroyo is now 37 years old. The right-hander has thrown 199 or more innings in nine straight seasons and posted an ERA from 3.74-3.88 in four of the last five.
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross (hip) ran the bases Monday for the first time since he suffered a fractured and dislocated hip last August, according to mlb.com. He ran at 60-70 percent.
Insight: Ross will make his Cactus League debut on March 13, barring a setback. He'll begin simulated games Tuesday afternoon. Ross hit .278 with just eight homers in 94 games after blasting 22 homers, driving in 81 runs and putting up an .807 OPS in 130 games with Boston the year before. He's not worth a roster spot in most leagues.
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross (hip) will make his Cactus League debut on March 13, barring a setback, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: Ross dislocated his hip last August and had to undergo surgery. He hit .278 with just eight homers in 94 games after blasting 22 homers, driving in 81 runs and putting up an .807 OPS in 130 games with Boston the year before. He's not worth a roster spot in most leagues.
Description: D'Backs infielder Didi Gregorius heads into spring training as the favorite to start at shortstop this season. SOURCE: Diamondbacks.com
Insight: Chris Owings will also be vying for the shortstop job, though Gregorius has more big league experience (111 games compared to just 20 for Owings). Gregorius wasn't anything spectacular last season (.252, 7 HR, 28 RBI in 103 games) but he's still only 23. He'll be worth monitoring throughout the season.
Description: Starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo has decided to join the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: His new deal will pay him $19 million over the next two seasons. While superstardom has eluded Arroyo, consistency hasn't. The lanky righthander has posted an ERA under 3.90 four of the last five seasons. He'll be worth owning in most leagues.
Description: Arizona is looking to trade righthanded reliever J.J. Putz. SOURCE: Fox Sports
Insight: Putz became expendable when the D'Backs acquired Addison Reed from the White Sox last month. The 36-year-old went 3-1 last season with six saves and a 2.36 ERA. Putz was an All-Star when he saved 40 games for the Mariners back in 2007.
Description: The Diamondbacks inked closer Brad Ziegler to a two-year extension on Friday. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: He'll earn $4.5 million next season and another $5 million the following year. The deal includes a $5.5 million club option for 2016. Ziegler opened the year as a setup man but eventually became the team's closer when Heath Bell struggled. If Ziegler stays healthy, he should be good for 30+ saves in 2014.
Description: The Diamondbacks were able to re-sign third baseman Eric Chavez on Wednesday. SOURCE: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports
Insight: It's believed to be a one-year deal though terms of the contract haven't been released yet. Chavez was a trendy pick in fantasy leagues last season after batting .303 in the first half, though he only managed to hit .241 the rest of the way. We'd expect some regression in 2014.
Description: Closer Addison Reed has been traded from the White Sox to Arizona for 3B Matt Davidson.
Insight: Reed (3.79 ERA, 1.107 WHIP, 40 SV) should be a solid fantasy contributor for the NL West contending Diamondbacks. The D'Backs didn't need Davidson with Martin Prado set to play the hot corner.
Description: The Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Angels on Tuesday.
Insight: Trumbo was the center piece of a three-team trade that saw the Angels get lefthanded starter Hector Santiago as well as top pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs. The White Sox received outfielder Adam Eaton as part of the swap. Trumbo hit just .234 last season and he could be a liability defensively. He's got great power though (34 HR, 100 RBI in 2013) and playing at hitter-friendly Chase Field should help his numbers.
Description: Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers said that pitching prospect Archie Bradley will come to spring training with a chance to make the 2014 rotation, according to Jon Morosi of foxsports.com.
Insight: Towers also said that Bradley will be able to throw at least 170 innings next season. The 21-year-old was selected seventh overall in the 2011 draft and went 14-5 with a 1.84 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 152 innings at two minor league stops last season. MLB.com ranks him as the seventh best prospect in the game.
Description: D'Backs catcher Miguel Montero had surgery on his finger over the weekend. SOURCE: Diamondbacks.com
Insight: He had an infection in his left index finger. Montero had a bit of a down season in 2013 with just 11 HR and a .230 batting average in 116 games. He'll be back in plenty of time for Spring Training.
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has hit safely in 15 straight games.
Insight: He has hit .417 with seven doubles, a triple, five homers, 17 RBI, 12 runs and two steals during the streak. With a .303 average, 36 home runs, 124 RBI, 102 runs, 15 steals and a .963 OPS, Goldschmidt is one of the NL's leading candidates for MVP.
Description: Diamondbacks rookie shortstop Didi Gregorius has faced Ricky Nolasco 11 times this season and picked up seven hits.
Insight: That's a .636 batting average. The rookie was hitting .322 on June 7 but has gone 37-for-169 (.219) since. He has little power and doesn't have a stolen base this year, but if you are looking for a one-day option Gregorius could be the ticket Thursday.
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is 6-for-11 (.545) versus Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Insight: The Arizona first baseman went 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBI on Sunday and is now hitting .301 with 32 home runs, 114 RBI, 94 runs and a .948 OPS this season. He's one of the top candidates for NL MVP.
Description: Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra is 3-for-21 (.143) against Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Parra has had a similar season to last year, hitting .267 with a .727 OPS. However, despite getting 606 plate appearances and reaching base at a .326 clip, Parra has just 10 steals (10-for-20 on SBs). He stole 15 bases in 430 plate appearances last year. Sit him Sunday against Chacin.
Description: Arizona reliever J.J. Putz might be activated from the DL later this week. SOURCE: Arizona Republic
Insight: He dislocated his finger a few weeks ago while fielding a ground ball. Putz started the year as the Diamondbacks' closer but has since ceded that role to Brad Ziegler (8-1, 2.30 ERA, 10-for-12 in save opportunities).
Description: Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin stepped up with a second straight quality start Wednesday night.
Insight: He allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings and has a 2.51 ERA in his last two starts. The Diamondbacks were considering giving Corbin extra rest after he allowed 13 earned runs in 10 1/3 innings from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, but he has remained on regular rest and turned things around lately. He's 14-6 with a 2.92 ERA in 197 innings this season.
Description: Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy was outstanding Saturday in a win over San Francisco.
Insight: McCarthy (8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6 K's 1 BB) kept the Giants in check by featuring his signature sinker-ball. He's been a horse lately, going at least seven innings in each of his last three outings (1.88 ERA over that span).
Description: If you're competing in a daily fantasy league, Diamondbacks infielder Willie Bloomquist could be a smart play Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: The Diamondbacks haven't released their starting lineup yet but based on Bloomquist's past success against starter Mark Buehrle (.463 AVG in 41 at bats), we're guessing he'll be in it. It's also worth noting that Bloomquist is hitting .563 since returning from the DL last week (9-for-16).
Description: D'Backs second baseman Aaron Hill is going up against Blue Jays lefthander Mark Buehrle on Wednesday. In the past, that hasn't worked out too well for him.
Insight: Hill carries an ugly .167 average in 24 encounters with Buehrle. He's also in the midst of a 3-for-17 dry spell at the plate. Wednesday looks like a good day to leave Hill on your team's bench.
Description: Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said that he might consider giving Patrick Corbin extra rest if he struggles again in his next start, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic.
Insight: He's given up 13 earned runs in his past two starts after allowing that many in his previous six outings. Corbin was 12-1 with a 2.31 ERA on July 23 but he has gone 1-4 in his last seven starts.
Description: D'Backs lefthander Patrick Corbin (5 IP, 9 H, 5 ER) got knocked around Sunday against San Francisco.
Insight: He's given up 13 runs in his past two starts after allowing that many in his previous six outings. The second half has not been kind to Corbin. Since the break, he's just 2-4 with a 4.47 ERA. In the first half of 2013, he was 11-1 with a 2.35 ERA.
Description: Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill finally got comfortable in August after having a tough first four months of the year.
Insight: A broken hand kept Hill out from April 14 to June 25 and he only hit .266 with a .754 OPS in his first 30 games back in the lineup, but he went 35-for-94 (.372) with seven doubles, a triple, four homers, 16 RBI and a 1.054 OPS last month.
Description: Look up in the dictionary "owning" a pitcher and you will see Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt versus Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum as the perfect example.
Insight: Goldschmidt is 9-for-17 (.529) in their matchups with five homers, 11 RBI and a 2.021 OPS. If ever there was a must-start, this is the one. The Arizona first baseman is having an MVP-type season, batting .300 with 31 HR and 104 RBI.
Description: Arizona outfielder Adam Eaton went 4-for-10 in Saturday's 18-inning game against the Phillies.
Insight: Eaton is 12-for-32 (.375) with four extra-base hits (one HR), six RBI and six runs over his last seven games (six starts). However, he's hitting just .258 with a .711 OPS and has zero steals on one attempt after swiping 44 in the minors last season.
Description: The Diamondbacks have placed righthander J.J. Putz on the 15-day DL.
Insight: Putz was diagnosed with a dislocated right finger after barehanding a grounder Friday night against the Phillies. Putz hasn't been closing for the D'Backs so even before the injury, his fantasy value was pretty limited.
Description: Arizona starter Trevor Cahill took a no decision Thursday afternoon despite allowing one run on four hits over seven innings against the Reds.
Insight: Cahill gave up four earned runs in five innings in his first start back from the disabled list last week after missing nearly two months with a shoulder problem. He has a 4.56 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP this season.
Description: Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt reached 100 RBI for the first time in his career Tuesday against the Reds.
Insight: Goldschmidt came into play Tuesday with 96 RBI and he reached 100 on on swing with a grand slam in the top of the eighth. The first baseman leads the NL in RBI and he's tied for first in homers with 31.
Description: Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado is 6-for-12 against Cincinnati right-hander Bronson Arroyo with a homer and a 1.333 OPS.
Insight: Prado is currently on a six-game hitting streak, batting .379 over the span. He is a low-end starter fantasy value (.278, 11 HR, 56 RBI) who benefits from being eligible at 2B, 3B and outfield.
Description: Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill has picked up two hits in six of the last seven games. He went 2-for-6 with a walk and two RBI, including the game-winner in the bottom of the 14th inning, Wednesday against Baltimore.
Insight: Hill has reverted to his 2012 form as of late. He's batting .385 with seven doubles, a triple, four homers and 16 RBI over his last 16 games.
Description: Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero (back), currently on the disabled list, should head out on rehab assignment and is expected to return to the lineup when first eligible next Tuesday.
Insight: Montero has been dealing with inflammation in his lower back since the last week of July. He hasn't been much of a fantasy option this season with a .228 batting average and a .661 OPS - well below his career numbers of .268 and .780.
Description: Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he'll use third base prospect Matt Davidson is a reserve role, according to MLB.com.
Insight: Davidson, ranked as the D-Backs' No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, hit .278 with 16 homers, 68 RBI and an .832 OPS in 108 games with Triple-A Reno this season. With Eric Chavez going on the disabled list, it looked as though the team was calling up Davidson to play every day, but that won't be the case.
Description: The Diamondbacks have called up their No. 2 prospect Matt Davidson to take the place of Eric Chavez (knee, hip) at third base.
Insight: Davidson hit .278 with 16 homers, 68 RBI and an .832 OPS in 108 games with Triple-A Reno this season. He's strikes out a lot (123 K this season), so he could have trouble hitting for average in the majors. His biggest contribution to fantasy leagues will come via his power.
Description: Arizona third baseman Martin Prado has come away with just six hits in 29 at-bats against Jon Niese of the New York Mets, who will start Sunday against the D-Backs.
Insight: Prado is hitting everything right now -- he's 16-for-38 (.421) with six doubles, one homer and eight RBI over his last nine games -- and Niese hasn't started since June 20 due to a torn left rotator cuff, so fantasy owners should ignore the past history and roll with Prado Sunday.
Description: Diamondbacks right fielder Cody Ross went off for four hits Friday in his return to Fenway Park.
Insight: In his first game back in Boston the former Red Sox delivered two doubles, a single and his seventh homer of the season. He even found time to grab a stolen base. Ross has gone 9-for-14 at the dish over his last three contests.