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Diamondbacks notebook; it's All-Star time, honor for Owings; Putz on DL

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With the Diamondbacks’ challenging start to the season, this may not be the best time to think All-Star Game.

On Sunday, Major League Baseball released its 2014 official ballot for the mid-summer classic scheduled for Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City on July 15. In major league and minor league parks across the country, fans can now begin the process of selecting starters for the game.

Last season, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and pitcher Patrick Corbin were selected from the Arizona roster and Corbin ended up as the losing pitcher in a 3-0 American League victory.

Goldschmidt managed a single in two plate appearances and along with a single from the Mets’ David Wright and then St. Louis Cardinal Carlos Beltran, who also singled, represented the only three hits the National League could manage against 10 American League pitchers.

Still, the selection and experience was humbling.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself and only want to get off to a good start,” said Corbin at the time of his selection. “This is a great honor, and no, I never thought I’d be an All-star.”

Now, Corbin will have to watch the 2014 game on television as he is recovering from Tommy Jon surgery on his left elbow. A timetable for Corbin is a return to the mound sometime next spring.

For Goldschmidt, he remains one of the bright spots in a terrible start.

Coming into the current three game series with the Brewers, the 26-year-old native of Houston, was hitting a team-high .331. He’s also contributed with five home runs and knocked in a team-high 19 runs.

For the up-coming All-Star game, Goldschmidt is on the National League card at first base along with 14 other candidates.

Along other infielders, Diamondbacks on the ballot include Aaron Hill at second base, Chris Owings at shortstop, Martin Prado at third and in the outfielder, Gerardo Parra, A. J. Pollock and Mark Trumbo, who is currently on the disabled list, are on the ballot.

Among catchers, Miguel Montero is listed and the native of Venezuela was previously named to the National League squad for the 2011 All-Star game held in Chase Field.

Goldschmidt is among 10 hitters on the ballot for the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. That is slated for July 15, the Monday before the All-Star Game.

The selection of outfielders Parra, Trumbo and Pollock represent three Diamondbacks players not on the 2013 ballot.

Last year, Jason Kubel, Adam Eaton and Cody Ross are placed on the ballot. Of the three, only Ross remains on the team and was on the disabled list at the start of the current season.

If fans cannot get to the ball park and vote, voting also takes place online. Go to mlb.com and follow the links to the All-Star balloting.

ANOTHER INJURY

With the pitching staff already depleted with four out with Tommy John surgery, add reliever J. J. Putz to the list.

Suffering from an elbow injury, the Diamondbacks placed their former closer on the 15-day disabled list late Monday and recalled right-hander Evan Marshall from Triple A Reno.

Putz spent two occasions on the DL last season. First, the period of May 8 - June 29 was for a strained right elbow and the second, Aug. 24 to Sept. 16 was a dislocated right little finger.

Putz last appeared in last Saturday's game at San Diego. In an eventually 4-3 victory, the 37-year-old native of Trenton, Mich. pitched one-third of an inning, allowed two hits and two runs. For the season thus far, Putz appeared in 13 games, compiled a 1-0 record with a 5.40 ERA. He has no saves for the 2014 season.

COULD BE THE FIRST OF MANY

D-backs shortstop Chris Owings was named the National League rookie-of-the-month for April.

Owings topped all rookies with a .313 batting average (26-for-83). For the month, the native of Charlestown, S. C., slammed five doubles, six extra-base hits and picked up 2 hits in 28 games.

Owings is the fourth player in franchise history to have this award.

Outfielder Gerardo Parra was named NL rookie-of-the-month for May, 2009, pitcher Daniel Hudson in August, 2010 and pitcher Wade Miley on April, 2012.

MORE HONORS

On Sunday, Major League Baseball will recognize those women and their families who have been instrumental in helping to eradicate breast cancer.

In a program identified as the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl, each team, for the first time, will recognize both husbands and wives who are survivors.

Fans from around the United States and Canada were ask to share stories of inspiration and explain why their friends and family should be honored.

From the Diamondbacks, the honorary bat girl is Carol Wells and teams throughout major league baseball will wear pink ribbons, pink wrist bands, the line-up cards will be in pink and pink decorations on the bases.

Ceremonies honoring each of the 30 Bat Girls of major league teams will be held this Sunday, May 11 on Mother’s Day. Because the Diamondbacks are in Chicago to play the White Sox, an alternative date will be determined to honor Carol and her family.

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