Diamondbacks release Lyle Overbay

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When the Diamondbacks designated Lyle Overbay for assignment last week there was speculation that they already had a trade lined up for the veteran first baseman, because he was seemingly hitting well enough not to just let him go for nothing.

But that’s exactly what happened today, as Arizona released Overbay and made him a free agent eligible to sign with any team for any salary.

Overbay was mostly a bench bat in Arizona, playing behind starter Paul Goldschmidt, but he hit .292 with an .815 OPS in 110 plate appearances and has posted an OPS above .750 in four of the past five seasons. Even at age 35 he could help quite a few teams in a part-time/platoon role.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.