Closer in waiting?

Here’s some different news involving a former Osprey pitcher who has stepped into an all-purpose role in the bullpen.

So, on Sunday, here’s Bryan Shaw (2008 Osprey) closing out another Arizona Diamondbacks win, picking up the save in the 5-2 triumph over the Colorado Rockies. It was a four-out save to boot.

In the first couple of weeks of the season, Shaw has closed out a pair of games, pitched in the eighth inning, pitched in the seventh inning and been … well … not in one specific role.

For now, though, it is apparent that Shaw will be leaned on a bit for the back-end of games. While he is not in a position to take over for closer JJ Putz on a full-time basis, Shaw has shown that he can take the D-backs across the finish line when needed, or get a game to either Putz or David Hernandez.

In other words, he’s versatile. Just what you need in a bullpen, a guy who can take on whatever role is needed on that given night.

Not bad for a guy who, back in 2010, was moved to a starters’ role, until the D-backs discovered that the Long Beach State product was best suited to be in the role he played in college – coming out of the bullpen in the back end of games.

It’s all not perfect, of course … Shaw had an errant pickoff throw in the eighth inning of Friday’s game, allowing Carlos Gonzalez (2003 Osprey) to get to third and eventually scored what turned into an unearned run in a 7-6 loss.

And your “Did You Know (or remember)” fact about Shaw – he was one-third of the group of pitchers which last pitched a no-hitter for the Osprey. On June 30, 2010, Miles Reagan, Jesse Orosco and Shaw combined to no-hit and shut out Helena, 1-0. Ryne White plated Ollie Linton with a first-inning double for the lone run of the game.

On to the other news of the day ..

– Time is not allowing us to do the usual Minor League Update, Osprey Enhanced Edition, so we’ll link to AZ SnakePit for the updates from Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sounds like Adam Eaton (2010 Osprey) took a few pitches to the body … again.

A couple of nuggets from Nick Piecoro’s piece before Sunday’s game on Miguel Montero (2002-03) and Shaw, who was paid a compliment by fellow Long Beach State alum Troy Tulowitzki.

– Daniel Schlereth (2008) is struggling with command at the moment, and has an honest assessment for his 2012 season to date. The lefty reliever remains the fastest-ever rising Osprey, spanning less than a calendar year between his professional debut in Missoula to his Major League debut with the D-backs. He’s currently pitching for the Detroit Tigers.

Not good news on Bryan Augenstein (2007) … any hint of an arm problem when you’ve have arm trouble before is always alarming. It’s more of a bummer since his first start for Triple-A Durham (Tampa Bay) was pretty good.

More to come soon … in the meantime, enjoy the fact that baseball is here. And we’re closing in on Opening Day ourselves in Missoula.

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