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Diamondbacks place Taijuan Walker on 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation

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The Diamondbacks placed Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list with right forearm inflammation, per a team announcement on Sunday. The move was expected after Walker exited Saturday’s outing against the Dodgers with forearm tightness in the second inning. While the righty told reporters he felt fine following the game, he’s now expected to undergo an MRI on Monday to assess any undiagnosed damage.

Walker, 25, said he initially felt some discomfort in his arm during the first inning of Saturday’s eventual 9-1 win. He scaled back the velocity on his pitches and consulted manager Torey Lovullo before making an early exit from the game. “I didn’t really want to push it and make things worse,” Walker said after the game. “I could have stepped on it and kept going, but I was just kind of babying it a little bit. I didn’t want to do anything dumb and make it worse.”

It’s not unusual for forearm tightness and inflammation to be precursors of significant elbow injuries, but nothing concrete will be revealed before Walker undergoes further tests on Monday. In a corresponding move, the club recalled reliever Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno. The 25-year-old righty has seen mixed results through his first three appearances of 2018, with five runs, a home run, a walk and nine strikeouts through 5 2/3 innings.

Phillies talking to Blue Jays about Curtis Granderson

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are talking to the Blue Jays about outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Rosenthal says that the Phillies are looking at Granderson as a bench bat and fourth outfielder to be deployed against righties. Granderson, 37, is hitting .230/.337/.417 with nine homers and 29 RBI over 81 games this season, substantially better against righties. Against lefties he’s a clear liability.

Granderson was traded at last year’s deadline too, from the Mets to the Dodgers, but cratered badly after arriving in L.A. and was a non-entity in the playoffs.