The Arizona Diamondbacks had to make a roster move to accommodate the trade the made with the Boston Red Sox earlier this week. The team traded left-handed reliever Craig Breslow to Boston for right-handed reliever Matt Albers and outfielder Scott Podsednik. Albers did not report to the team while it was in Los Angeles, but is doing so now that it has traveled to Philadelphia.
Since Patrick Corbin was recalled from the minors when Breslow left, bringing in Albers required moving a pitcher. As such, the Diamondbacks have optioned reliever Bob Bergesen to Triple-A Reno.
Bergesen, 26, appeared in 3 games for the D-backs, allowing a run on 4 hits and a walk with 4 strikeouts over 5.0 innings. He reported to the club on July 22 after being claimed by the D-backs on July 20 from the Baltimore Orioles. He had been selected by the Orioles on July 17 from Triple-A Norfolk, where he was 4-3 with a save and 4.03 ERA (36 ER in 80.1 IP) in 22 games (10 starts).
Albers, 29, went 2-0 with a 2.29 ERA (10 ER in 39.1 IP) in 40 relief appearances with the Red Sox this season. He limited opponents to a .216 (30-for-139) average and posted 1.00 ERA (1 ER in 9.0 IP) over his last 12 outings.
The 6-foot-0, 225-pounder has gone 21-29 with a 4.78 ERA (224 ER in 421.1 IP) in 277 Major League games with the Astros (2006-07), Orioles (2008-10) and Red Sox (2010-12). Since 2008, Albers ranks second among all relievers with 94 appearances lasting more than 1.0 inning, trailing only Jamey Wright (100).
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