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Brian Ellington (R) Headshot

Ellington will be called up by the Marlins prior to Friday's game against the Reds, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

Ellington will take the roster spot of the recently-departed David Phelps, who was sent over to Seattle on Thursday. During 11 adventurous occasions on the mound in the big leagues this season, Ellington has allowed 10 earned runs off 19 hits and 13 walks, while striking out 18 over the course of 11.2 innings. He figures to slide into a low-leverage role out of the bullpen while trying to work back into the form that he showed the past two seasons.
12:30 pm (EST)
Raul Alcantara (R) Headshot

Alcantara has been on the disabled list with bicep tendinitis since late May, Justin Perline of Baseball America reports.

A return date has yet to be announced, but Alcantara has recently made two appearances in AZL rookie ball. The 24-year-old was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville after a short stint with the Athletics in April, in which he allowed 15 runs (13 earned) over seven innings of work.
12:28 pm (EST)
Fernando Rodney (R) Headshot

Rodney tossed a perfect ninth inning in Thursday's 12-2 win over the Reds, striking out two batters.

Though manager Torey Lovullo is often reluctant to use Rodney outside of save situations, the Diamondbacks haven't had any arise since the All-Star break, so the 40-year-old was called upon for mop-up duty as a means of getting some work in for the first time in nearly two weeks. Rodney only needed 11 pitches to retire the side, so he should remain available out of the bullpen for the next two games, barring heavy usage Friday against the Nationals. Rodney's 5.40 ERA and 1.29 WHIP make him far from a reliable closing option, but with 22 saves in 27 chances, he hasn't blown enough games for the Diamondbacks to ponder a change just yet.
12:16 pm (EST)
José Rondon (R) Headshot

Rondon (undisclosed) was put on the 7-day DL on Friday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

This marks the second time Rondon has been placed on the minor-league disabled list this year, after missing 20 days with a pulled hamstring in April. Throughout the course of the 2017 season, Rondon has hit .289/.339/.418 with five home runs and 35 RBI for Triple-A El Paso this year.
12:13 pm (EST)
Chris Owings (R) Headshot

Owings went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Thursday's 12-2 win over the Reds.

In a game in which manager Torey Lovullo gave multiple key regulars the afternoon off, it was two of the Diamondbacks' lineup mainstays -- Owings and Paul Goldschmidt (0-for-5, four strikeouts) -- that were the only starters who failed to reach base. Owings' hitless showing came on the heels of an 0-for-5 effort the night before, but the lack of production over the last two contests won't jeopardize his everyday role. The 25-year-old continues to uphold a career-best .780 OPS, and Owings' ability to play multiple infield and outfield spots helps his case for sticking in the lineup over other regulars in instances where Lovullo wants to give his bench options some at-bats.
12:09 pm (EST)
Kris Bryant (R) Headshot

Bryant (finger) will miss Saturday's game, in addition to Friday's series opener against the Cardinals,'s Carrie Muskat reports.

Bryant is having trouble gripping the bat due to his jammed finger that he suffered during Wednesday's contest in Atlanta. There's a chance that Bryant will miss Sunday's affair as well, but manager Joe Maddon hasn't ruled out a return for that game, and stated that he could possibly play depending on his progress over the next couple days.
12:05 pm (EST)
Chris Herrmann (L) Headshot

Herrmann went 0-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and a run in Thursday's 12-2 win over the Reds.

Herrmann entered the lineup in right field in place of David Peralta, who was one of several regulars on the bench for the afternoon contest. The 29-year-old didn't post a particularly flashy stat line despite the Diamondbacks' offensive explosion, though he did help out fantasy owners rostering him in NL-only or deeper two-catcher leagues with his second steal of the season. Given Herrmann's .175 average over 154 at-bats, it's difficult to envision him seeing a dramatic uptick in starts over the final two-plus months of the season, though his ability to play catcher, first base and all of the outfield spots should help his case for playing when someone needs a breather.
12:02 pm (EST)
Matt Olson (L) Headshot

The Athletics recalled Olson from Triple-A Nashville on Friday.

He was sent to Nashville on July 3 but returns to the big show as the A's look to give more time to their younger players. Olson should piece together time in right field, first base and designated hitter. The 23-year-old has clubbed 19 home runs and posted a .267/.370/.563 over 292 plate appearances for Nashville this year, his second go-round at that level, and already has four big flies in 49 at-bats this year with Oakland.
12:02 pm (EST)
Tyrell Jenkins (R) Headshot

Jenkins was released by the Padres on Friday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Jenkins played 17 games with Triple-A El Paso this season, posting a 7.76 ERA with a 1.99 WHIP during the course of 82.1 innings. Although he provided eight starts with the Braves last season, Jenkins was unable to find a role in San Diego's rotation, and will look to latch on elsewhere.
12:00 pm (EST)
Daniel Descalso (L) Headshot

Descalso went 0-for-2 with a walk, run and RBI in Thursday's 12-2 win over the Reds.

The Diamondbacks gave several key regulars the afternoon off due to the early start time of Thursday's contest, allowing Descalso to not only reenter the lineup, but also serve as the club's leadoff man. He walked in his first plate appearance of the game and would later to come around to score on Jake Lamb's three-run homer, giving the Diamondbacks an early lead that they would maintain throughout the day. With a .349 on-base percentage on the season, Descalso has been serviceable when he enters the lineup, particularly while Yasmany Tomas (groin) has been sidelined since early June. However, with the newly acquired J.D. Martinez primed to serve as the team's everyday left fielder once he recovers from a minor hand injury, Descalso will likely see his opportunities dwindle over the weeks to come.
11:57 am (EST)
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