08/11/12 8:00 PM ET
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By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
D-backs bring back Shaw, designate Zagurski
PHOENIX -- A day after allowing four earned runs in the ninth inning, relief pitcher Mike Zagurski was designated for assignment on Saturday and the D-backs recalled Bryan Shaw from Triple-A Reno.The move leaves the D-backs without any left-handers in the bullpen. "I know [general manager Kevin Towers] has been doing this a long time," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We have righties that get lefties out. We just have to approach it differently. There have been bullpens without lefties that have done well." Shaw appeared in 43 games with the club to begin the season, but the D-backs sent him to Reno on July 22 after he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) over a 4 1/3-inning stretch. The 24-year-old is 1-4 with a 4.26 ERA on the season. At the time of his demotion, the D-backs told Shaw they wanted him to work on throwing his cutter less because he was becoming predictable to hitters. The righty said he did just that and feels much more confident attacking the plate. "I tried to mix up my pitches so I could keep the hitters off balance," he said. "I worked on my splitter more. Hopefully all those tools will help." In eight relief appearances with Reno, Shaw surrendered two runs in eight innings while striking out 10. "Giving up 10 runs like I did kicks you in the butt a bit, so going down and having good results definitely helped my confidence," Shaw said. "It's always good to be back here." Zagurski had a 6.18 ERA in 32 games this season. He was claimed by the D-backs off waivers from the Phillies on Sept. 22, 2011.
Johnson glad to finally arrive at new home
PHOENIX -- Traded on July 29 from Houston, D-backs third baseman Chris Johnson played his first 10 games for the club on the road.The 27-year-old lit up box scores during the span, collecting four homers and 16 RBIs. But even though he thrived away from Chase Field, Johnson was more than happy to play his first game at his new home park Friday. "I was pretty pumped up. It was kind of like my first game with the team again," Johnson said. "I was excited and I had the nerves going, but I settled down a little bit." Johnson had the D-backs' only hit off Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg, a single that drove home a run and tied the game. Earlier on Friday, clubhouse attendants gave the third baseman a tour of the D-backs' facilities for the first time, causing a few teammates to do a double-take. "It was strange, a lot of guys were coming in saw me seeing everything and they were like, 'You haven't been here yet?'" Johnson said. "It feels like I've been with the team for a little while now, but I haven't been here, so I'm glad to be home."
D-backs pitcher Josh Collmenter, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with ulcers on Friday, remained away from the team on Saturday.Gibson said Friday that Collmenter became ill shortly after the team returned home from Pittsburgh on Thursday. "I can't comment on it anymore," Gibson said. "It's a personal matter."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.