Diamondbacks add top prospect Jarrod Parker to bullpen

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Looking for a little boost down the stretch, the Diamondbacks have added 22-year-old Jarrod Parker to the relief corps in advance of Monday’s game.

Parker, who missed the entire 2010 season following Tommy John surgery, returned to go 11-8 with a 3.79 ERA and a 112/55 K/BB ratio in 130 2/3 innings for Double-A Mobile this year.  He struggled with control problems early, but he improved to a 2.84 ERA and a 56/22 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings in the second half.

It’ll likely be a very temporary bullpen stint for Parker.  He may need some Triple-A time at the beginning of next year, but it shouldn’t be long before he’s a fixture in the Arizona rotation.  First, he’ll try to impress enough in the next 10 days to force the team to carry him on the postseason roster.

B.J. Upton is going by B.J. Upton again

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Outfielder B.J. Upton went by the name B.J., short for Bossman Junior, through the 2014 season. His father Manny was known as Bossman, hence Bossman Junior. Upton decided he wanted to be referred to by his birth name Melvin starting in 2015, saying that everyone except baseball fans knew him by that name. Now, he’s back to B.J., Scott Boeck of USA TODAY Sports reports.

For those keeping score at home, Upton is the artist formerly and currently known as B.J.

Upton, 34, hasn’t played in the majors since 2016. He signed a minor league deal with the Indians in December 2017 but was released in the middle of last March and wasn’t able to latch on with another team. It seems unlikely he finds his way back to the majors.