Enright Set to Return After Dominating AAA

The Arizona Diamondbacks are retooling after the All-Star break. Geoff Blum has finally been activated from the DL, Brandon Allen is getting another much-deserved look at first base, Zach Duke has been sent to the bullpen, and Barry Enright will take Duke's rotation spot.

Let the remake continue.

Right-hander Barry Enright will be recalled from Triple-A Reno to join the starting rotation on Tuesday, manager Kirk Gibson said Friday after the All-Star break.

Enright opened the season with the D-backs after winning a battle for one of the final two rotation sports, but he was optioned to Reno after going 1-3 with a 6.49 ERA in six starts, an extension of his final five starts (0-5, 8.06) in 2010.

He prospered after being optioned to Reno, going 8-2 with a 4.29 ERA in 12 starts in the thin air of Reno, altitude 4,500 feet, while winning his last seven decisions. Enright officially will be added Tuesday and will replace left-hander Zach Duke in the rotation. Duke will pitch out of the bullpen, Gibson said, and it is unclear whether he will remain on the other side of the roster move.

Reno manager Brett Butler saw Enright's change first-hand.

"When you get sent down you have to regroup, and that's what he's done," Butler said.  "He had to change his (arm) angle a little bit. He's had to add and subtract a little more and get a little more depth on his breaking ball. He's done that."

"When he came down, it was to gain that confidence back," continued Butler. "Well, to be honest with you, he's got his confidence and that much more. He's a big-league pitcher. He knows he's a big-league pitcher."

Duke was 2-4 with a 5.47 ERA in nine starts with the D-backs after missing the first two months of the season with a broken hand. He pitched seven shutout innings in his first start at Houston, but gave up 26 earned runs in his last 32 innings before the break.

The D-backs officially added Geoff Blum and Brandon Allen on Friday, when they outrighted Juan Miranda to Reno and designated Wily Mo Pena for assignment.

SNAKE BYTES

--1B Brandon Allen was officially promoted from Reno on Friday, when the D-backs outrighthed Juan Miranda to Reno. Allen, who had 18 homers and 61 RBI in Reno, was not in the lineup Friday but will receive quite a bit of playing time, manager Kirk Gibson said.

--RHP J.J. Putz (elbow) recovered well after throwing 30 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday and is scheduled to pitch one inning in the rookie Arizona League on Sunday night. He is scheduled to throw again Tuesday but is not expected to rejoin the team until later in the week at the earliest. "We want him to go through back-to-backs" before activating him, manager Kirk Gibson said.

--RHP Juan Gutierrez (shoulder) suffered a setback during his throwing program and has been shut down. "His triceps has been sore," manager Kirk Gibson said. Gutierrez was placed on the disabled list May 25 and with normal recovery was expected to be back on the roster by this time.

DIAMOND STAT: 1 -- Xavier Nady's career hits in 11 at-bats against Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw after hitting a three-run homer in the seventh inning to get the D-backs close Friday.

QUOTABLE: "It's who we are." -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, after the D-backs came back from a six-run deficit and had the tying run on base in a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers.


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