D-backs designate struggling pitcher Kim for assignment

MIAMI -- Byung-Hyun Kim's latest stint with the Arizona
Diamondbacks lasted only two starts.

Arizona designated Kim for assignment Wednesday, a day after he
retired only one batter in a 14-5 loss to the Florida Marlins.

Manager Bob Melvin pulled Kim after 17 pitches. The right-hander
allowed four runs, three earned, to boost his ERA in two starts
with the Diamondbacks to 23.63.

"We weren't getting results there, and we had to make a
decision," Melvin said. "He pitched a couple of games for us and
didn't do very well in either game. The position we're in now, we
have to have better results in that spot."

Kim, Arizona's former closer, was reacquired Aug. 3 after the
Marlins waived him.

The NL West-leading Diamondbacks also designated for assignment
left-hander Joe Kennedy and placed infielder Chad Tracy on the
15-day disabled list with right knee tendinitis. Recalled from
Triple-A Tucson were right-handers Dustin Nippert and
Jailen Peguero and outfielder Jeff Salazar.

Kennedy had a 20.25 ERA in three relief appearances with Arizona
after being claimed off waivers from Oakland Aug. 4.

"You take some chances and try to add some guys you think could
help and have had some success," Melvin said. "If it doesn't work
out, you have to move on."

The Diamondbacks have 10 days to trade or release Kim and

Tracy has been hobbled despite receiving a cortisone shot, and
the Diamondbacks decided extended rest was the best treatment. He's
batting .261 in 75 games.

"If we can't run him out there for consecutive games, the
position we're in right now, it's difficult to deal with," Melvin
said. "Hopefully in the 15 days we can alleviate this problem and
get him back at a key time."

Nippert and Peguero provide reinforcements in the bullpen.
Salazar, who made a sensational over-the-fence catch in right field
for Arizona earlier this season, gives the team a fourth

Yusmeiro Petit will likely be recalled to take Kim's place in
the rotation Sunday at Atlanta. Petit was 2-3 with a 4.23 ERA in
seven starts with Arizona before being sent to Tucson.