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Top Jose Herrera News

  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Healthiest backstop on 40-man

    Herrera could figure into the catching mix for Arizona after Carson Kelly (forearm) was removed from Monday's Cactus League game, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Kelly, projected as Arizona's primary catcher, was hit by a pitch Monday, and the prognosis is pending. He joined presumed backup Gabriel Moreno (hand) on the shelf, although recent reporting suggests it's a minor injury. That leaves Herrera as the healthiest catcher on the 40-man roster. He appeared in 47 games last season, posting a .189/.250/.207 line over 124 plate appearances.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Heads back to minors

    Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday.

    Herrera owns a .457 OPS at the big-league level this season, so Arizona decided to send him down and replace him on the roster with Cooper Hummel. Herrera was working as the backup catcher behind Carson Kelly, and that role will now likely be filled by Daulton Varsho.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Stuck in No. 2 role

    Herrera is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

    Herrera had started two of the Diamondbacks' previous three contests, but he's still the team's clear No. 2 catcher on the depth chart behind Carson Kelly, who re-enters the lineup for the series finale. Unless he enters Sunday's contest off the bench, Herrera will finish July with a .150/.261/.150 slash line.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Buried on depth chart

    Herrera remains out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Reds.

    Daulton Varsho has been picking up more playing time in the outfield of late, but Carson Kelly's recent return from the 10-day injured list means that Herrera is still stuck in the No. 2 or 3 role at catcher. Herrera will be on the bench Tuesday for the third straight game.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Picks up third straight start

    Herrera will start at catcher and bat ninth in Monday's game against the Reds.

    With the Diamondbacks deploying Daulton Varsho more frequently at designated hitter of late, Herrera has been able to pick up some extra work behind the plate. He'll be making his third consecutive start Monday, coming off a weekend series in Pittsburgh in which he went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. Though he looks like he'll play more frequently than most No. 2 catchers, Herrera brings more value on the defensive end than he provides with the bat.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: OK after twisting ankle

    Herrera hurt his ankle while running out an infield hit during the seventh inning of Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers, Jose M. Romero of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Herrera remained in the game, and manager Torey Lovullo said the catcher twisted the ankle but was fine. In other Herrera-related news, Daulton Varsho, who was held out of the starting lineup Saturday and Sunday with a shoulder injury, entered the game as a pinch hitter and is expected to be ready to resume on-field duties Monday against Atlanta.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Hitless Saturday

    Herrera went 0-for-2 in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.

    Herrera made a second straight start at catcher, as Daulton Varsho (shoulder) was unavailable after getting hit by a pitch during Friday's contest. Varsho was in the original lineup Saturday but was then scratched. That suggests he's close to returning and Herrera's days as the primary catcher may end soon.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Plays first game off IL

    Herrera started at catcher and went 3-for-4 with two runs in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers.

    This was Herrera's first start since being activated off the COVID-19 injured list earlier this week, and he could be making a few more. Daulton Varsho, the club's primary catcher who served as the designated hitter Friday, left the game with a shoulder injury. Herrera is slashing .182/.265/.205 over 19 games in his first stint in the majors.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Placed on injured list

    Herrera was placed on the injured list for an undisclosed reason Thursday.

    Since the Diamondbacks didn't provide a reason for placing Herrera on the IL, he's likely on the COVID-19 IL. Assuming that's the case, he'll be eligible to return as soon as he clears the league's health and safety protocols. Grayson Greiner's contract was selected Thursday to provide additional depth behind the dish.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Fills in for Kelly

    Herrera started at catcher for the injured Carson Kelly (abdomen) and went 1-for-2 in Friday's 4-1 win over Colorado.

    Kelly was a late scratch but was not placed on the injury list. Herrera, whose .120 batting average is slightly better than Kelly's .105 mark, will likely see an uptick in playing time for however long Kelly is out.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Splitting work with Carson Kelly

    Herrera is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

    Herrera will take a seat for the series finale, as No. 1 backstop Carson Kelly checks back into the Arizona lineup. Though Kelly remains atop the depth chart, his ongoing struggles at the dish have opened the door for Herrera to push for a larger share of the catching duties. Herrera and Kelly have now alternated turns behind the dish over the last seven games.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Wins backup job

    Herrera will be the backup catcher after the Diamondbacks reassigned Juan Graterol to minor-league camp Sunday, Steve Gilbert of reports.

    Herrera has been with the organization since 2014 but will be making his first appearance in the majors. He'll back up Carson Kelly, while the Diamondbacks use Daulton Varsho mostly in center field. Herrera is 3-for-16 (.188) this spring and slashed .248/.346/.705 over seven minor-league seasons (393 games).

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Contract selected by Arizona

    Herrera's contract was selected from Triple-A Reno on Monday.

    Herrera advanced to the Triple-A level in 2021 for the first time in his career, and he slashed .244/.358/.394 with six home runs, 32 RBI and 23 runs across 58 games. He'll now be added to the 40-man roster to keep him in the organization during the offseason.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Returns from suspension

    Herrera (suspension) was reinstated from the inactive list Sunday and has served as the designated hitter the last two games for short-season Hillsboro, going 0-for-6 in those contests.

    Herrera appeared in one game for Low-A Kane County earlier this season before getting hit with a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test. Now that he's served the ban, the 21-year-old should play regularly with the short-season club, with an eye on eventually earning a promotion back to the Midwest League affiliate.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Popped with 50-game suspension

    Herrera has been suspended for 50-games without pay after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine and Oxilofrine, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic Arizona reports.

    Herrera will begin serving the suspension immediately, keeping him sidelined through May. The 21-year-old is currently on Low-A Kane County's roster. He hit a lackluster .208/.261/.290 across 58 games with the affiliate in 2017.

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  • Diamondbacks' Jose Herrera: Out until August with ankle sprain

    Herrera (ankle) is out until early August with a sprained ankle, Bill Mitchell of Baseball America reports.

    Once the Diamondbacks' top international signee, Herrera has been hurt every season since he joined the organization in 2013. This season, the culprit has been an ankle sprain that has kept him out since June 12. Before the injury, the catching prospect was hitting .216 with 13 doubles for Low-A Kane County.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 185 lbs
Birthplace: San Carlos, Venezuela
Age: 26
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: S, R