Found March 27, 2013 on
Fox Sports Arizona:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The "Next Knuckler" experiment is officially over.
The Diamondbacks on Wednesday released pitcher Josh Booty, the former Marlins infield prospect, LSU quarterback and winner of the MLB Network reality show "The Next Knuckler."
"We thoroughly enjoyed being a part of 'The Next Knuckler' and having Josh in camp," D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall said. "We gave him an opportunity to make the team, but it unfortunately did not work out for him. He's a terrific guy and was a display of class his entire stay."
Booty, 37, won an invitation to D-backs camp by beating fellow ex-quarterbacks Doug Flutie, Ryan Perrilloux, David Greene and his brother John David Booty on the MLB Network show that featured former big league knuckleballers Tim Wakefield and Charlie Hough teaching the contestants to throw a knuckleball.
Booty spent the early parts of D-backs camp getting adjusted to the physical rigors of a major league spring training, losing 10-15 pounds in the process. He worked regularly with D-backs pitching coach Charles Nagy and even got to break down video of one of his bullpen sessions with 2012 NL Cy Young winner and baseball's only knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who was at Salt River Fields with Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
The most action Booty saw was in a "B" game against San Francisco Giants minor leaguers. He struggled with command in the outing, allowing two runs on a hit and two walks. The D-backs reassigned him to minor-league camp March 13 without an appearance in a Cactus League game.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Arizona Diamondbacks have released Josh Booty, who had earned an invitation to the team's spring training by winning a televised knuckleball competition among former college quarterbacks.
''The Next Knuckler'' competition was held on MLB Network, with Booty beating out his brother John David Booty, Doug Flutie, David Greene and Ryan Perrilloux.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Though Cody Ross took a step in his rehab of a calf injury Tuesday, the Diamondbacks outfielder will likely open the season on the disabled list, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson confirmed.
"I'd rather (do that) than him push it and injure himself for six to eight weeks," Gibson said. "Let's get it right. If we have to DL him to do that, then...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The injury bug bit the D-backs hard Tuesday night, as Aaron Hill, Jason Kubel and Willie Bloomquist all left the game with injuries, but it appears only one of those is significant.
The D-backs announced Wednesday an MRI revealed Bloomquist suffered a grade 2 strain of his right oblique and will start the season on the disabled list. The team put no timetable...
Baseball players tend to be a picky bunch, but Daniel Hudson may be the first to ever complain (publicly, at least) about a baseball card photo.
But don’t go calling D-Huddy high maintenance just yet, as the Diamondbacks hurler has good reason to be upset.
Hudson recently caught glimpse of his Topps baseball card and expressed his displeasure on Twitter. No, the baseball card company...
For the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery, Daniel Hudson threw off a mound. The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher still has a ways to go before he can get back into the starting rotation, but throwing off a mound is a big step in the recovery process.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Hudson threw a bullpen sessions yesterday. This comes just nine...
Arizona Diamondbacks utility player Willie Bloomquist will start the season on the disabled list.
The team says an MRI on Wednesday showed a grade 2 right oblique strain. There is no timetable for his return.
The injury, sustained in Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels, is another blow to Arizona, which figured to use Bloomquist considerably at shortstop and...
Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill has left a spring training game after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch from Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver.
Hill, a 2012 Silver Slugger award winner who is batting .432 this spring, was plunked in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night. He did not come out to play defense in the top of the second and was replaced by...
With the season fast approaching the injuries are already starting to pile up. Today we delve into two players whose playing time should be beneficial to your fantasy team in the first weeks of the season.Gerardo Parra, OF, ARIYou know the name, it almost seems like he has been around forever. I get it, it sounds like a boring option, but with Adam Eaton out six to eight weeks and...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- There's nothing like an 11-strikeout outing to give a pitcher confidence, regardless of the opponent.
Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill went 5 23 innings, struck out 11, scattered four hits and allowed only an unearned run in the D-backs' 9-3 victory over the Rangers on Thursday.
"I felt a lot better today than I have," Cahill said...
Three key players for the Diamondbacks left Tuesday night's spring training game with injuries before Arizona scored seven runs in the eighth inning to beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-1.
Second baseman Aaron Hill was hit on the left pinkie by a pitch from Angels ace Jered Weaver, who gave up only two hits in seven scoreless innings. Diamondbacks shortstop Willie Bloomquist (right...
There's nothing like an 11-strikeout outing to give a pitcher confidence, regardless of the opponent.
Arizona right-hander Trevor Cahill went 5 2/3 innings, scattered four hits and allowed an unearned run in the Diamondbacks' 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
''I felt a lot better today than I have,'' Cahill said. ''I was throwing my...