PHOENIX -- Jake Elmores promotion Saturday proves perseverance pays.
Elmore was purchased from Class AAA Reno when the Diamondbacks placed Willie Bloomquist on the disabled list with a strained lower back, culminating a climb that began when he signed as a 34th-round draft choice in 2008 after a frustrating season at ASU.
I think I was floating above my body for a while, said Elmore, who was told of the promotion by Reno manager Brett Butler after driving in four runs in a 22-8 victory over Albuquerque on Friday night.
He started welling up with tears, and I hugged him. I think I let out a shout.
The D-backs also made a bullpen move Saturday, recalling right-hander Bryan Shaw from Reno and designating left-hander Mike Zagurski for assignment. The move leaves the D-backs without a left-hander in the bullpen, but they do not consider that an impediment.
Elmore, 25, was hitting .344 with 30 doubles, 73 RBIs and 32 stolen bases at Reno while hitting second in a potent lineup that l...