6/29/2014 4:55 P.M. ET
Goldy thankful for 'awesome' All-Star fan support
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt doesn't like to discuss his chances of playing in the All-Star Game because he prefers to have the focus be on the team.
However, he does appreciate the way D-backs fans have supported him at the ballot box.
In vote totals released last week Goldschmidt was leading all National League first basemen with 1,962,386 votes to Adrian Gonzalez's 1,239,509, a lead of 722,877 votes.
D-backs fans have held voting parties, which have been a focus on team broadcasts as the D-backs look to secure their first All-Star starter since Luis Gonzalez in 2001.
"It's awesome to have the support of the fans," Goldschmidt said. "It's one of the great things about playing for the Diamondbacks. You appreciate it as a player to have the fans' support."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show during the weekend of July 5-6, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 85th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.
Ahmed makes MLB debut after Owings hits DL
SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs knew they had depth at shortstop coming into the season, but could not have known they were going to use all of it.
With Chris Owings joining fellow shortstop Cliff Pennington on the disabled list on Sunday, the D-backs selected the contract of Nick Ahmed from Triple-A Reno and he made his big league debut in the club's 2-1 loss to the Padres, going 1-for-3 with a single in the seventh inning.
Owings' sore left shoulder has not responded to treatment, and he will undergo an MRI in Phoenix on Monday. The DL stint is retroactive to June 26.
"I just couldn't take an aggressive start like I usually do," Owings said.
Ahmed was acquired from the Braves prior to last season in the trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta.
The 24-year-old struggled at the plate for Double-A Mobile in 2013, hitting .236 with a .613 on-base plus slugging mark. He turned that around this year and was batting .324 with an .822 OPS at the time of his promotion.
"He seems like he's improved a lot," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "If you look at the reports, he's really changed his hitting a little bit. He's become a better hitter. I've heard exceptional things about him. He's got a great attitude. He's got a great work ethic."
Ahmed has always been regarded as an elite defender at short.
"Obviously excitement," Ahmed said when asked how he was feeling. "A little nerves, obviously. Didn't sleep a lot last night, as expected. I feel good today. Just want to get out and get going and help the team win today."
Gibson said both Ahmed and Didi Gregorius will see playing time at short while Owings is out.
Chavez moved to 60-day DL as nagging knee worsens
SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs transferred third baseman Eric Chavez from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list on Sunday in order to make room on the 40-man roster for infielder Nick Ahmed.
Players on the 60-day DL do not count towards a team's 40-man roster limit.
Chavez has been battling an injured left knee since Spring Training and he has been on the DL since June 8.
"It's kind of a degenerative issue," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's had extensive treatment on that, an aggressive treatment on that knee all year and it just doesn't respond now. Whereas before the time off it responded, which tells you it's degenerating more and more."
Chavez does not want to push things right now, because at age 36, he knows he is nearing the end of his career.
"I'm just so close to the end, you know, where I've got to worry about feeling good for the rest of my life," Chavez said. "So surgery would be the worst-case scenario for me to kind of be going down that line."
Chavez was asked if he planned on retiring at the end of this year.
"It's a possibility," he said. "I'm never going to say never. For some reason I have this personal rule that when guys retire you've got to be away from the game for two years before you officially say you retired. Because there's too many that come back."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.