Descalso Bringing Flexibility to D-back Playoff Lineup

Torey Lovullo doesn’t make a move without thinking about ALL the options.

The Diamondbacks manager has been meticulous with his research when making lineup decisions for his club this year.

The Snakes clinched a spot in the National League Wild Card, along with home-field honors against the Rockies, on September 24th. He’s had ample time to look at every option for the lineup he writes up on Wednesday.

Daniel Descalso brings even more options to his manager’s preparation.

The eight-year MLB vet has played first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field and designated hitter. He also made two appearances as a relief pitcher this year.

Descalso has set career highs in runs scored, home runs, RBIs and walks with the Diamondbacks and is hitting .233 on the year. 

It doesn’t matter much what you list Descalso as in the lineup, as long as “baseball player” is linked to his name.

“I think you see it now where it’s a positive where a few years ago, you know, being known as a ‘utility guy’ is kind of like a knock on you,” Descalso said. “Maybe I can allow (Torey Lovullo) get a little creative in giving guys some days here and there or it adds basically another bench spot because I can play the infield and the outfield.”

Getting that theoretical bench spot is key for the coaching staff, who is still pouring over lineup decisions leading into the one-game playoff against the Rockies.

Those games that Descalso was able to play helped bridge the team at times when his teammates were hurt, struggling or just needed a day. That benefit might be seen in full-force as the Diamondbacks focus on making a run to the World Series with fresh minds and fresh bodies.

“It’s really hard to describe what he’s done for us,” catcher – one of the few positions Descalso hasn’t played this year – Jeff Mathis said. “The roles he’s filled in for and the way he’s swung the bat and the big hits he has (had). I couldn’t say enough about what he’s done especially in this clubhouse. Big, big acquisition, and I’m really happy to have him in this clubhouse.”

What’s Next

The Diamondbacks take on the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Chase Field.