Trevor Bauer is headed back to the minor leagues for additional seasoning -- and hopefully improved control.
The Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that they have optioned Bauer to Triple-A Reno and recalled right-handed reliever Jonathan Albaladejo.
Bauer, Arizona's highly touted first-round draft pick in 2011, has struggled with his control in four starts since being recalled from Reno in late June. He has a 1-2 record with a 6.06 ERA after suffering a 4-0 loss in Cincinnati on Tuesday night. In three innings of work, Bauer walked five, threw two wild pitches, made an errant pickoff throw and gave up all four of Cincinnati's runs.
Albaladejo, 29, ranks second in the Pacific Coast League with 17 saves and is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA. He has 39 strikeouts in 35 relief appearances with the Aces in 2012. He's made two appearances for the D-backs this year, giving up two earned runs in two innings.
He has previous major league experience with the Nationals and Yankees, posting...