DENVER - A week ago the Diamondbacks were giving thanks for a healthy spring training. Now they have lost two players to injury in the season's first six games.
Rod Barajas, the designated catcher for Curt Schilling and Elmer Dessens, suffered a “mild-to-moderate” left hamstring strain in Sunday's game and will go on the disabled list today, manager Bob Brenly said.
Brenly said Robby Hammock, a catcher/utilityman who was up for two days last week after reliever Bret Prinz went on the DL, will be summoned to replace Barajas.
“Since we only have two catchers on the roster,” Brenly said, “we cannot afford to go forward without another healthy body that can go behind the plate.”
Barajas came up lame running to first base after hitting a drive off the left-field fence in the seventh inning. Trainer Paul Lessard said typical recovery time is at least seven to 10 days.
“I felt a nice little pop in there,” said Barajas, who in five games this season had gone 2-for-11 (.182) with two RBIs. “I haven't pulled a hamstring, I don't think, ever.”
Although reliever Miguel Batista allowed a run Sunday for a third straight outing, Brenly was glad to see Batista use his curveball.
“He mixed up his pitches today,” Brenly said. “His velocity was as good as we've seen it since the beginning of camp. I was real pleased with the way he threw the ball today.”
Batista, who took the loss Saturday, has pitched four times, allowing three runs on five hits with only one strikeout and an 8.10 ERA. He has permitted three of five inherited runners to score.
“This is a guy who has been a big part of our pitching staff the last couple of years,” Brenly said before Sunday's game. “Because of the way the staff has been put together this year, he finds himself in a little different role, pitching out of the bullpen full-time right now. I think it's still a very important role."
Between the Coors Field grounds crew and cooperative weather, the Diamondbacks averted their first-ever snowout.
Coors Field has baseball's only underground heating system, so the inch or two of snow that fell overnight melted quickly. The tarp came off the field at 8:50 a.m. and the last of the white stuff was shoveled off the field by 10:20 a.m. Temperature at game time was 36 degrees.
All 14 position players on the roster have started at least once. Carlos Baerga was the last to do so, getting his first start at second base Sunday since July 1 (with Boston).
Mark Grace's second-inning double was the 508th of his career. Rickey Henderson is 34th all-time with 509.