Wymore native Diekman traded to D’backs
Jake Diekman’s chances of pitching in the Major League Baseball playoffs increased Tuesday.
The Texas Rangers traded the Wymore native to the Arizona Diamondbacks. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick was the first to report it.
Diekman won’t have to travel too far to start with his new team. The Rangers are in Arizona for a two-game series with the Diamondbacks.
Diekman struck out two Diamondbacks while pitching for Texas on Monday night. Wanting to make Diekman’s move easy, the Diamondbacks offered the services of the bullpen cart used to ferry relievers into the game.
“They asked and I was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t want to carry all of my stuff,’” Diekman said.
Diekman has been with the Rangers since 2015 after he was acquired in a midseason trade from Philadelphia. The left-handed relief specialist has appeared in 47 games this year, owning a 3.69 earned-run average with 48 strikeouts.
He’ll soon be pitching for an Arizona team thick in the National League West Division race.
Diekman’s best season in Texas came in 2016 when he had 30 saves and holds in 32 chances. He missed more than half of the 2017 season because of his recovery from ulcerative colitis. He started a nonprofit organization called Gut It Out to help those who battle the disease.