PHOENIX -- Is it time for Trevor Bauer to make his Major League debut?
That's the question the D-backs' brass is asking itself after placing starter Joe Saunders on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with inflammation in his shoulder.
Saunders' turn in the rotation will come around again on Thursday. It's possible that with Monday's off-day, the D-backs could bring Ian Kennedy back on regular rest to start on Thursday, but that would mean Saunders' spot would come up on Saturday.
"That's something we're talking about," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's to be determined. We've got several options. We'll just get through and see what the next couple of days bring us and continue to evaluate what we want to do."
The options include calling up Bauer, the No. 3 overall pick in last year's Draft, who has pitched well at Triple-A Reno. Patrick Corbin, who made five starts for the D-backs earlier this year and is also at Reno, could also be chosen.
The D-backs could also decide to use Josh Collmenter, who made the start on Friday when Saunders had to be scratched at the last minute. Collmenter has pitched well out of the bullpen after struggling in the rotation in April.
"That's one of the things we struggle with," Gibson said. "If we start him, then we lose that versatility out of the bullpen. How do we cover that up?"
Gibson was asked specifically about Bauer, whom the organization has asked to improve his ability to hold runners on base and be more economical with his pitches.
"I think he's a candidate probably as well as anybody," Gibson said. "Is he ready? How do you know? There's certain things he does great. We all know he has great stuff. His last two starts, he's had 100 pitches in five innings.
"If I was Trevor, I would argue I would get better with better competition and I think that's how he probably thinks. I don't know that we know that answer. We'll consider all options."
Bauer is 4-0 with a 2.79 ERA in seven starts for Reno, while Corbin is 3-2 with a 3.86 ERA in six starts.
D-backs place Saunders on disabled list
PHOENIX -- The D-backs placed left-hander Joe Saunders on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation on Saturday, retroactive to June 17, and recalled reliever Jonathan Albaladejo from Triple-A Reno.
Saunders was scratched from his start on Friday when he experienced tightness in his shoulder and could not get loose.
Following the game, Saunders said he hoped to avoid a stint on the DL, but after having an MRI on Saturday, it was determined that he would indeed go on it.
Saunders said the MRI did not show any structural damage, just some inflammation.
"It was definitely encouraging news," Saunders said. "It's a huge relief when you go there and your MRI is fine and you're perfectly healthy, you've just got a little bit of inflammation that's causing your arm to act up a little bit. It's an easy quick fix."
Saunders is eligible to come off the DL on July 2. If he were to be activated that day, he would miss just one turn through the rotation, which would either be Thursday against the Braves or Saturday against the Brewers, depending on how the team structures the rotation this week.
Saunders said he did not know how long he would need, but was hopeful it would be just the one start.
Albaladejo was 3-1 with a 2.64 ERA and 13 saves for Reno. He was up with the D-backs earlier this year and made one appearance.
"We needed some protection in the bullpen," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "Because we utilized them pretty heavy [Friday] night and we've been utilizing the back-end guys pretty good."
Sutton will not broadcast on road trip
PHOENIX -- D-backs broadcaster Daron Sutton will not accompany the team on its upcoming road trip, a team spokesperson said.
The team has declined to say why Sutton is no longer broadcasting, but confirmed that it has nothing to do with any legal or law-enforcement issues.
"We've made a change in the broadcast-talent lineup," D-backs senior vice president of communications Josh Rawitch said. "Daron will be taking some time off."
Rawitch said there is no timetable for Sutton's return.
Sutton has not responded to a voicemail seeking comment.
Radio play-by-play announcer Greg Schulte has shifted over to the TV booth the past two nights with Jeff Munn taking Schulte's place on the radio.
'Shocked' Hernandez gets first career hit
PHOENIX -- In the bottom of the eighth inning on Friday, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson turned to pitcher David Hernandez and told him he would be up third in the inning, and there would be no pinch-hitter.
Hernandez was shocked.
"I asked him four times if he was serious," Hernandez said. "Everything else was a blur after that."
Indeed, Gibson was, and as Hernandez made his way to the batter's box for just his fourth career plate appearance, Gibson yelled to him that he didn't have to swing if he didn't want. Hernandez claimed later that he did not hear what Gibson said.
"Of course, those guys aren't going to listen to me on that," Gibson said.
Hernandez took two strikes before blooping a single to right for his first Major League hit. He was asked if he followed the "see ball, hit ball" philosophy.
"No, it was more, see a thing moving in that direction and swing the bat," he said. "The hardest thing was staying focused after that to go back out and pitch."
Hernandez, though, retired the Cubs in order in the ninth to pick up the save.