Mid-Season Rumors

Matt Mantei is now telling everyone that his 2001 season is officially over. He will fly to Georgia and meet with doctors to determine whether surgery will be required on his pitching elbow. If surgery is indeed required, Mantei may be out until the All-Star break of 2002.

Danny Klassen was moved from the 15-Day Disabled List to the 60-Day Disabled List. Besides the stress fracture in his foot, Klassen is still suffering from turf toe that he experienced last year. Danny has been injury prone throughout his career with the Diamondbacks and you have to wonder how much patience the team will show with him. Nothing can really be done as few teams are interested in trading for an injured utility infielder

With three-fifths of the projected Diamondbacks starting rotation currently on the disabled list (Todd Stottlemyre, Brian Anderson, Armando Reynoso), the Diamondbacks are shopping around for pitching help. Current rumors have Erubiel Durazo’s name being shopped. With Mark Grace’s injury to his throwing hand and Greg Colbrunn being sidelined with an injured knee, don’t look for the Diamondbacks to rush to make a deal. Although the team is publicly backing Bret Prinz as the closer while Mantei is sidelined, the Diamondbacks are clearly worried about the youngster being able to step up and be the closer. The memories of 1999 before the trade for Mantei are still fresh in everyone’s mind. Don’t be surprised if the Diamondbacks look to solidify their bullpen before the trading deadline.

Matt Williams continues to struggle to overcome his injuries. He has been eligible to return from the disabled list for some time now but continues to experience troubles with his hip and his foot. With the play of Bell and Counsell at third, the team does not seem to be in a hurry for Matt’s return if he is not 100 percent healthy.

The Diamondbacks continue to struggle to find production at the catching position. With Damian Miller batting in the .240 range and Rod Barajas hitting just .185, the Diamondbacks are looking for help. They are still actively negotiating with veteran Joe Oliver to come in and back up Miller. If that deal doesn’t materialize, look to see Chad Moeller take over back up catching duties and Barajas to be sent to the minors to work out his problems.

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