Arizona Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks' Kole Calhoun eager to see old friends in return to Anaheim

If there were any questions about how much Diamondbacks right fielder Kole Calhoun were missed in Anaheim, where he spent the first eight years of his major-league career, those were erased a little less than six minutes into a Zoom call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon.

Statcast data available at Baseball Savant credits Calhoun with an expected slugging of .506 based on the quality of contact he has made.

Manager Torey Lovullo said second baseman/center fielder Ketel Marte hit off a tee for the first time since landing on the injured list last week with left wrist inflammation.

“I explained to him the importance of getting back on the field,” Lovullo said, “and what it would show his teammates and be able to answer some questions about heading into a healthy offseason for him.

Right-hander Taylor Widener, who has been on the injured list since Sept. 1 with a strained right rib cage, is with the club on the road trip and will throw a 30-pitch simulated game on Wednesday, Lovullo said.

With lefty Caleb Smith set to start on Wednesday and still building up his pitch count, it could make sense for Clarke to be available in long relief.

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