NEW YORK METS (29-25, second place/NL East) at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (25-27, fourth place/NL West)
DIAMONDBACKS SHORT HOPS
The D-backs acquired catcher Welington Castillo, right-handed reliever Dominic Leone and minor leaguers Gabby Guerrero and Jack Reinheimer from the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday for outfielder Mark Trumbo and left-hander Vidal Nuno. Arizona had lost No. 1 catcher Tuffy Gosewisch for the season last Wednesday with a fully torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that requires season-ending surgery. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, released by the Miami Marlins on May 7 despite $15 million still owed to him, was promoted from Triple-A Reno last week to also fill the catching hole. Saltalamacchia had batted 2-for-29 with the Marlins this season. Arizona also has catcher Jordan Pacheco, who can play the corner infield spots and even second base on occasion.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt ranks second in the National League in batting average (.349), fifth in homers (15), second in RBIs (44), second in on-base percentage (.470), second in slugging percentage (.667) and second in walks (43). He has reached base safely 21 times via hit or walk in his past six games. That included walking four times on Tuesday. He has five career four-walk games, tied with Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard for the most among active players.
First-year manager Chip Hale served as third base coach for the Mets in 2010 and 2011. He then left for Bob Melvin’s staff in Oakland to serve as bench coach.
The D-backs signed Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in November. Tomas is a natural outfielder, but has manned third base with Jake Lamb having suffered a stress reaction in his left foot. Tomas had 31 hits in May, a franchise rookie record for that month, previously held by Didi Gregorius (27 in 2013). Arizona could move Tomas to the outfield soon, especially with a vacancy created by the trade of Trumbo. Lamb began a rehab assignment at third base with Reno on Wednesday. Lamb, 24, was hitting .414 (12-for-29) with one homer and nine RBIs before suffering the injury.
Nick Ahmed has settled in as the shortstop with Gregorius now wearing Yankees pinstripes. Ahmed, a 25-year-old UConn product, is hitting .221 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 140 at-bats. The D-backs received left-hander Robbie Ray and minor league infielder Domingo Leyba from the Detroit Tigers in the three-team deal that sent Gregorius to the Bronx.
Aaron Hill, who has made 27 starts between second and third base, is 4 for his last 35.
Rookie Archie Bradley was the seventh overall pick in 2011 out of high school in Oklahoma. He returned from the disabled list in mid-May, less than three weeks after suffering a right sinus fracture that resulted from getting struck with a line drive on April 28.
Ex-Met Oliver Perez is still alive and kicking, although he has a 6.14 ERA in 25 relief appearances. Lefties are hitting .258 against him. Righties are hitting .355.
By virtue of going 64-98 last season, Arizona selects first next Monday in the MLB draft.