The injury-plagued Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Chris Snyder on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain.
The Diamondbacks on Tuesday promoted catcher Luke Carlin from Triple-A Reno, where he hit .287 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 44 games. To make room for Carlin on the 40-man roster, Arizona moved outfielder Conor Jackson (pneumonia) to the 60-day disabled list.
Also Tuesday, center fielder Chris Young was scratched from the starting lineup against Texas with a groin strain. Gerardo Parra replaced Young, who also could be headed for the DL if his groin doesn’t improve soon.
"It’s like a 'MASH' ward around here," said Snyder, who was hitting .224 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 49 games.
Entering Tuesday, the Diamondbacks had missed a total of 290 games with injuries, with six opening-day starters making trips to the DL.
The injuries are among the reasons the Diamondbacks were buried in last place in the NL West, 17 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, as they began a three-game series with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Only the Washington Nationals had fewer wins than the Diamondbacks (29-41), who won a league-leading 90 games two years ago.
"We’ve been dealt a few blows, but a lot of teams have," manager A.J. Hinch said. "We’re not going to use it as an excuse. We’ve got a full squad ready to compete tonight."
Meanwhile, ace Brandon Webb was to have another MRI on his sore right shoulder Tuesday, and he said he planned to meet with team Dr. Michael Lee.
Webb, the 2006 NL Cy Young Award winner, hasn’t pitched since opening day. After Webb’s shoulder bothered him while playing catch on flat ground in Kansas City last week, the club canceled a bullpen session for later in the week and he returned to Phoenix with his comeback in doubt.
On Tuesday, Webb deflected reporters’ questions before the game, saying that he preferred to talk after he had met with doctors.
It’s possible that Webb, who won 56 games from 2006-08, could miss the rest of the season. Hinch said he didn’t want to think about that until the club can figure out what’s wrong with Webb’s shoulder.
"His health’s priority No. 1," Hinch said. "Him pitching in 2009 is a distant second until we know about him physically."