Arizona Diamondbacks Player News: All Positions

News: Walker went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's 11-6 loss to the Giants.
Impact: Walker entered as part of a double-switch in the seventh inning, and clubbed his 22nd homer of the year off Giants reliever Andrew Suarez in the bottom half of the frame. The first baseman owns a .260/.348/.479 line with 56 RBI an 64 runs scored across 116 games this year.
News: Ahmed went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 11-6 loss to the Giants.
Impact: The two-run blast came off Giants reliever Travis Bergen in the eighth inning. Ahmed has now homered five times in his last seven games, bringing his total for the year up to 16. He's tallied 68 RBI and 67 runs scored in 122 games this season while also stealing seven bases. Since the start of August, the shortstop has hit .375 (18-for-48) with six homers, 16 RBI and 12 runs scored. Ten of those 18 hits have gone for extra bases.
News: Flores went 4-for-5 with an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's 11-6 loss to the Giants.
Impact: Flores wasn't not originally scheduled to play, but Ketel Marte (back) was scratched from the initial lineup and Flores was the most successful Diamondback hitter on the night. His run-production came in the first inning, as he plated Jarrod Dyson with a double before scoring on an error. Flores has managed multiple hits in his last three starts, going 9-for-12 with three homers and five RBI in that span. For the year, the infielder has a .309/.354/.459 line with five homers, 21 RBI and 20 runs scored across 181 at-bats.
News: Clarke (4-4) allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk over 1.2 innings, striking out one and taking the loss Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: Clarke retired the Giants in order in the first inning, but quickly loaded the bases in the second and allowed a grand slam to Brandon Belt. He was done for the game after an Evan Longoria sacrifice fly made it 5-2, lasting just 53 pitches in the appearance. Clarke now has a 5.74 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with 49 strikeouts over 64.1 innings this season. After a lackluster performance, Clarke may not receive another turn in the rotation in place of Robbie Ray (back).
News: Marte was scratched from Saturday's lineup with lower-back tightness, but he will be available off the bench and is expected back in the lineup Sunday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: It sounds like Marte's scratch was largely precautionary, as manager Torey Lovullo said he expects to have him back for the series finale. Marte hasn't slowed down in the second half, hitting .347/.440/.595 with five homers and four steals since the break. He was replaced in Saturday's lineup by Wilmer Flores.
News: Marte was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Giants.
Impact: Wilmer Flores will replace Marte both at second base and in the two hole in the batting order. A reason for Marte's scratch has not yet been provided.
News: Payamps was recalled from Triple-A Reno prior to his start Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: This sets the stage for the 25-year-old righty to make his big-league debut. He has a 4.21 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 36.1 innings (seven starts) at Triple-A. Look for him to assume a low-leverage role out of the bullpen.
News: Clarke was recalled from Triple-A Reno prior to his start Saturday against the Giants.
Impact: He has a 5.46 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 48:22 K:BB in 62.2 MLB innings this season. Assuming he sticks in the rotation following Saturday's start, Clarke will pitch again next weekend in Milwaukee.
News: Duplantier was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Saturday.
Impact: He was recalled earlier in the week and pitched two innings of relief in Friday's game, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Taylor Clarke was recalled in a corresponding move.
News: Rojas is not in Saturday's lineup against the Giants.
Impact: He is hitting .278 with a double, three strikeouts and a walk in five games since getting the call to the big leagues. Adam Jones is starting in right field and hitting sixth.
News: Walker is not in Saturday's lineup against the Giants.
Impact: He is hitting .306 with one home run in 49 at-bats this month. Jake Lamb is starting at first base, hitting fifth.
News: Kelly is not in Saturday's lineup against the Giants.
Impact: He is hitless in his last three games but still has three home runs in August. Alex Avila will start at catcher and hit eighth.
News: Hirano was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with right-elbow inflammation.
Impact: Hirano gave up a long ball Friday, his second straight outing allowing a homer after he allowed a total of three home runs in his first 53 appearances of the season. This elbow issue likely played a part in his recent struggles. He will be eligible to return Aug. 27 should he prove ready.
News: Ahmed went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in Friday's 10-9 loss to the Giants.
Impact: Ahmed cranked his fourth homer in the last six games and has driven in 11 runs during that stretch. He's slugged 15 homers over 121 games, one fewer than he hit in 153 games in 2018. Over the first few months of the season, Ahmed provided a respectable batting average but little of the pop he showed last season. Since the middle of June, however, he's started tapping into that power without sacrificing average. The 29-year-old shortstop is batting .283/.349/.533 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI over the last 53 games.
News: Varsho has a league-leading .897 OPS for Double-A Jackson in the Southern League.
Impact: Varsho has picked up the pace since the middle of July, slashing .361/.442/.735 with seven home runs, six doubles, two triples and 16 RBI over 23 games. That kind of hitting along with his speed -- Varsho's stolen 18 bases (caught four times) -- makes him an intriguing prospect at catcher. He's produced well enough at the dish to earn a promotion to Triple-A Reno.
News: Jones hit a three-run home run in his only at-bat during Friday's 10-9 loss to the Giants.
Impact: With two outs and the Diamondbacks trailing 7-4 in the eighth, the 34-year-old crushed a three-run home off Sam Coonrod to even the score. That ended a 45-game home run drought for Jones dating all the way back to June 15. Overall this season, he's batting .270/.317/.432 with 14 homers.
News: Flores went 2-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs in Friday's 10-9 extra-innings loss to the Giants.
Impact: With one out in the eighth inning, the 28-year-old clipped a solo shot off reliever Tony Watson to bring the Diamondbacks within three. He then hit a pivotal long ball in the 10th off Will Smith as Arizona once again rallied to tie the score. Flores has now hit three home runs over the last three games, bringing his season total to five. Through 64 games, Flores is batting .295/.342/.443.
News: Escobar went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and a double in Friday's 10-9 loss to the Giants.
Impact: With no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Escobar turned on a pitch right down the middle for a home run off reliever Tony Watson. The long ball soon sparked a rally as the Diamondbacks scored five runs in the inning to even up the score at 7-7. After battling through a 2-for-24 slump recently, Escobar has hit safely in each of the last three games. He now has 28 home runs, 97 RBI and 75 runs scored this season while batting .273/.329/.530.
News: Marte went 2-for-6 with a solo home run in Friday's 10-9 loss to the Giants.
Impact: Marte wasted no time getting the scoring started in the first inning with a shot off Jeff Samardzija. It was his third leadoff homer and 25th long ball of the season. The 25-year-old continues to deliver as the Diamondbacks top hitter, batting .320/.381/.568 with 82 runs scored and 71 RBI.
News: Leake took a no-decision during Friday's loss to the Giants, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out three over six innings.
Impact: The long ball proved to be Leake's nemesis once again, accounting for all four of his runs allowed. The 31-year-old served up a pair of home runs in the third inning to Brandon Belt and Mike Yastrzemski, then surrendered a two-run homer to Kevin Pillar in the fourth. Not surprisingly, Leake did not issue any free passes for the 11th time this year. However, he has allowed 34 homers, the most in the majors. The right-hander now owns a troubling 7.71 ERA and 1.96 WHIP with a solid 108:22 K:BB. He'll look to move back into the win column Wednesday against the Rockies.