8/15/2014 12:04 A.M. ET
Hagens takes long road to first big league callup
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
MIAMI -- Bradin Hagens flew on the D-backs' charter flight to get from Cleveland to Miami, but his journey to the big leagues was far longer and not nearly as luxurious.
Hagens was called up from Triple-A Reno following Wednesday's doubleheader with the Indians. Andrew Chaffin, who started the second game of that twin bill, was optioned back to Reno.
Hagens, who had recently been promoted to Reno from Double-A Mobile, will give the D-backs an extra arm in the bullpen after the team played a doubleheader that included an 11-inning game.
"Definitely surprised," Hagens said when asked his reaction to the news of his promotion. "I wasn't sure if I was hearing right. It's starting to sink in today still that it's actually really happening."
Drafted by the D-backs in the sixth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Hagens had toiled for parts of six seasons in the Minors before getting his first shot.
"It kind of makes it all worth it," Hagens said. "All the long bus trips back to back, all the things you have to go through at the Minor League level, it makes it all worth it."
While he had to be patient for his first call to the big leagues, he did not have to wait long to make his debut. Hagens was thrown right into the fire in the ninth inning on Thursday, and he wound up being charged with the loss one inning later in a 5-4 defeat to the Marlins. The righty walked two and allowed three hits in a pair of innings, including a walk-off double in the 10th.
Hagens features a fastball, cutter, changeup and slider. In 25 games (19 starts) between Mobile and Reno, the right-hander was 8-7 with 4.12 ERA. Hagens walked 54 and fanned 62 in 115 2/3 innings.
"He's kind of a strike-thrower, he fields his position well, can handle the bat," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "When we're looking at who we're going to bring up, we see who's available, when they've thrown and really their ability to throw strikes and locate, because that's what we're after. Makes it much easier to defend."
Trumbo's best fit for now is first base
MIAMI -- Mark Trumbo might very well be back in left field for the D-backs come Opening Day 2015, but for right now, it appears he is staying put at first base.
Trumbo was moved from left to first after Paul Goldschmidt was lost for the season with a broken left hand.
First base is the position where Trumbo is the most comfortable, and where he spent the most time with the Angels during his first four years in the big leagues.
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was asked if it would be more beneficial to play Trumbo in left right now to get him more experience at the position, given the likelihood that he will be back in that role next year.
"It's not something we've talked about," Gibson said. "Right now, we're just trying to get through this season. We have so many injuries to deal with. I'm sure we'll have conversations at the end of the year to try and figure out what really the best combination of who plays where is."
Trumbo said he was open to playing wherever he was asked.
"I guess that argument is logical," he said about getting more experience in left field. "But I think right now the best fit is for me to play first. And I'm happy doing that."
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.