PHOENIX -- Chase Field is over 5,000 miles from Japan, where Jonathan Albaladejo spent all of 2011 with the Yomiuri Giants after three part-time seasons with the Yankees.One year later, the D-backs reliever is back in the Major Leagues after being called up from Triple-A Reno when Daniel Hudson went on the disabled list Saturday. "I can't describe it. This is where I wanted to be all the time," Albaladejo said. "It feels great, and hopefully I can stick around some." The 29-year-old made his Major League debut with the Nationals before being traded to the Yankees for All-Star reliever Tyler Clippard. Albaladejo has a 4.15 ERA in 73 2/3 big league innings. Through eight relief appearances in Reno this season, he had a 2.35 ERA. "We we're coming down from Fresno, and we got into Reno at 5 in the morning, then the trainer told me go talk to the manager," Albaladejo said. "I was nervous, but I went in there and he told me. I'm just happy to be here." D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he doesn't know a lot about Albaladejo, but executive vice president and general manager Kevin Towers saw him while he was with the Yankees. The reliever was promoted to put a fresh arm in a tired D-backs bullpen. "He's got experience," Gibson said, "but he wouldn't be in leverage situations; he'll be in there earlier. He could go a couple innings. We've used the bullpen a lot. That's why he's up here." After a tough road back to the Majors, Albaladejo isn't sure how he'll react when he's on the mound again, but he's got a game plan in mind. "I'm just going to try to go out there and keep doing what I've been doing," he said. "Try to focus on throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count. Hopefully, I'll be calm and focused, but I really don't know how I'm going to feel."
Pitcher Miley called into action
PHOENIX -- After waiting to see how the D-backs used their bullpen Sunday against the Braves, manager Kirk Gibson named long-reliever Wade Miley the starter for Monday's opener with the Phillies.Miley is stepping in for Daniel Hudson, who went on the disabled list Saturday with a right shoulder impingement. In 8 2/3 innings of relief this season, Miley has allowed three earned runs on seven hits. The 25-year-old was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in seven starts last year.
Bloomquist discusses Tillman's legacy
PHOENIX -- On Saturday, 28,000 people ran 4.2 miles in Tempe to celebrate the late Pat Tillman's life and raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation.Sunday marked the eighth anniversary of the pro football player turned Army Ranger's death in Afghanistan. D-backs shortstop and Arizona State alum Willie Bloomquist didn't run for understandable baseball reasons, but he shared his thoughts on the event and Tillman. "Obviously he's a special individual for what he did with what he believed off the field," Bloomquist said. "I think it's very important we continue to remember him for what he did. Very few are built like him. He's a special person." Bloomquist's time at ASU coincided with Tillman's Sun Devil football career. Pat's brother, Kevin, was on the ASU baseball team with Bloomquist, and the D-backs shortstop became friends with both. "Pat was a tremendous individual on a personal level," Bloomquist said. "Getting to know him was great. And then what he did for the country, it's just outstanding." Pat's Run is in its eighth year and the proceeds from the event have helped give millions to veterans, active service members and their family members for educational scholarships. Bloomquist said once his playing career comes to an end, he will be a regular participant in the run.
Bloomquist, Roberts get a breather
PHOENIX -- In an effort to help D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist and third baseman Ryan Roberts come out of recent struggles at the plate, manager Kirk Gibson gave both the day off Sunday against the Braves."They're pushing very hard, guys care a lot," Gibson said. "Probably a little too much, and they're getting too frustrated with the results. We'll give them the day off, maybe tomorrow and maybe the next day. But they might play tomorrow, too." John McDonald and Cody Ransom replaced the pair in the D-backs' lineup. Ransom was called up from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday when outfielder Chris Young went on the disabled list, but hasn't played yet because of kidney stones. "He got a couple days, but he feels fine," Gibson said. "Hopefully he won't have any reoccurrence during the game." Bloomquist and Roberts are a combined 2-for-26 since Wednesday.