Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 7/11/13
The Diamondbacks shuffled their pitching staff Thursday, optioning starter Tyler Skaggs to Single-A Visalia and calling up lefty reliever Eury De La Rosa from Triple-A Reno. Skaggs had a somewhat disappointing outing against the Dodgers on Wednesday night, allowing three runs and 11 base runners in 4 13 innings before leaving with the bases loaded. That came after a dominant start his previous time out in which he threw eight shutout innings against the Rockies. Overall, in five starts with the D-backs, Skaggs went 2-1 with a 4.03 ERA. Skaggs, who turns 22 on Saturday, had been pitching in Triple-A before his call-up on May 27 but was likely sent to Visalia due to the timing of the upcoming All-Star breaks for both Reno and Double-A Mobile, which would have led to an extended time off. With Visalia, he will be able to continue on his normal schedule through the Diamondbacks' time off for the All-Star break. It remains to be seen whether Skaggs will be back in the majors after the break, as the D-backs have an uncertain rotation situation due to lingering injuries to starters Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) and Trevor Cahill (hip). The move might be a temporary one to bolster the bullpen following a 14-inning game against the Dodgers in which every reliever was used. The 23-year-old De La Rosa, 23 was 1-4 with a 5.14 ERA in 42 innings over 37 appearances for Reno this season. He had 45 strikeouts and limited left-handed hitters to a .177 mark. In six minor league seasons, De La Rosa is 8-13 with 29 saves and a 2.87 ERA in 185 games, all but six of them relief appearances. This will be his first time in the majors.
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